Album review: Monoswezi, The Village (World Music Network)

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The taut, brittle sound of Hope Masike's mbira forms the delicate, complex web over which purring sax, anchoring double bass and an array of subtly played percussion creates a smooth Scandinavian minimalist jazz vibe.

Then in comes Hope's voice, movingly carrying the melodies of these traditional songs from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The Village largely whispers rather than shouts, and it's all the more powerful for it.