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Thomas Mapfumo - 100% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1945, Marondera, Zimbabwe. Mapfumo, known domestically as ‘The Lion Of Zimbabwe’, is to the music of the Shona people what Fela Kuti is to Nigeria or Franco to Zaire: simultaneously a modernizer and preserver of tradition, and the single most important figure on the local music scene for decades (in Mapfumo’s case, since the early 70s). Brought up for the fir Read more

Sam Mangwana - 90% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 July 1945, Kinshasa, Congo. A protégé of Tabu Ley (aka Rochereau) and Franco, vocalist and composer Mangwana is one of Zaire’s least conventional stars. He is known as Le Pigeon Voyageur, the travelling pigeon, a musician who constantly travels, side-stepping the usual stereotypes. Big stars have regular bands - Mangwana has none. They buy hotels, house Read more

Samite - 83% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

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Mahotella Queens - 79% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Originally comprising Hilda Tloubatla, Mildred Mangxola and Nobesuthu Mbadu, the Mahotella Queens was South Africa’s leading mbaqanga harmony group of the late 60s and 70s. They frequently sing in support of ‘groaners’ (basso profundos), and at various times have backed the great Simon Nkabinde Mahlathini, Potatoes Mazambane, Mbazo Mkhize and Joseph Mthimkhulu. L Read more

Issa Bagayogo - 60% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1961, Korin, Mali. Converging the traditional sounds of griot and western dance music, Bagayogo has been nicknamed ‘Techno Issa’ in his home country. The singer-songwriter began singing and playing the kamelégoni (a six-stringed harp, traditionally associated with hunters in the Wassoulou region) and the daro (a metal bell) while working on the family farm. Read more

Vusi Mahlasela - 60% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Vusi Sidney Mahlasela Ka Zwane, 1965, Lady Selbourne, Pretoria, South Africa. One of the most distinctive voices in South African music, Mahlasela carried the torch for his country in Europe and North America at a time when he was relatively unfêted at home.Growing up in Mamelodi township, Mahlasela began singing and playing home-made guitar at Read more

Kanda Bongo Man - 44% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Kanda Bongo, 1955, Inongo, the Belgian Congo. Soukous vocalist and band leader Bongo Man is the nephew of the celebrated Zairean singer-songwriter Jean Bokelo, who was instrumental in encouraging his musical talent as a child and later helped him to gain his first foothold in the local music scene. In 1973, with the brothers Soki Vangu and Soki Dianzenza, Bongo Man formed hi Read more

Oumou Sangare - 42% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1968, Bamako, Mali. One of the new generation of female voices in Malian music, Sangaré made her first public appearance at the age of six at the Omnisports Stadium Hall in Bamako, encouraged by her mother, a sogoninkun singer who performed at weddings and rituals. She continued to sing through the rest of her adolescence and in 1986 she was recruited to the Malian tr Read more

Baaba Maal - 39% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: Dance World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1953, Podor, Senegal. Vocalist and guitarist Maal had humble origins, growing up in the sparsely populated town of Podor, where his father worked in the fields, but also had the honour of calling worshippers to the mosque using song. The influence of Islam would remain central to his son’s activities too, both father and son being members of the Fulani commu Read more

Hugh Masekela - 36% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Hugh Rampolo Masekela, 4 April 1939, Witbank, Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa’s leading émigré trumpeter and band leader was born into a musical family, which boasted one of the largest jazz record collections in the city. One of Masekela’s earliest memories is of winding up the household gramophone for his parents; by the age of 10, he was Read more

Louis Mhlanga - 36% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: World Music
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Bembeya Jazz National - 32% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 2000s
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This group was formed in Beyla, Guinea, in 1961, under the patronage of President Sekou Toure, who was keen to foster indigenous musical expression, then under threat from the wholesale importation of western rock and soul. Bembeya Jazz arguably made the biggest contribution to the thriving state of local, traditionally based dance music in Guinea, establishing themselves as on Read more

Thione Seck - 32% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 2000s
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Senegal. Clarinettist, drummer and singer Seck joined Orchestra Baobab (aka Orchestre Du Bawobab) during 1977. His break from the band two years later was reportedly owing to his ambitions to record in a more roots-orientated vein, contrasting mbalax with reggae undertones, while extolling the virtues of legendary Wolof heroes. This might have been anticipated given Seck Read more

Tarika - 31% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This roots music group come from Madagascar, purveying a traditional blend that evolved from Indonesian, African and Arabic influences on the Indian Ocean island’s culture. Tarika, whose name means ‘the group’ or ‘led by’, was initiated by Sammy (Samoela Adriamalalaharijaona), who had run a loose musical collective since the early 80s, and also built Read more

Lokua Kanza - 29% match to Oliver Mtukudzi

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Pascal Lokua Kanza, April 1958, Bukavu, Kivu, Zaire. Guitarist/vocalist Kanza studied at the Kinshasa Music Conservatory in his native Zaire, and in 1980 joined the band of superstar diva Abeti. The following year he relocated to the Ivory Coast where he worked as a guitar player with a number of bands, before becoming a singer in the Best Orchestra at the Hotel Ivoire in Ab Read more


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