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Oliver Mtukudzi — Mai Varamba
Album: Tuku Music
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Released: 1999
Length: 6:23
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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Open your heart for the roots of music. 👍
Great sound - reminds me of how much I miss South Africa 
Rest in peace.
Heard this morning on NPR that Oliver had recently passed away.  

In fact his Wikipedia account here states it was yesterday.
6 minutes — too long for this song with one musical phrase.
 TheKing2 wrote:
Music as repetitive as Beethoven-s 5th...

 
And you're saying that's a bad thing?
 DaidyBoy wrote:
edit:  Will some kindly soul please help us out with a translation?
 
It looks like the song is in the "shona" language, this post says the song "is about how a mother refuses to give up her son — something that is asked of too many women in Africa today"
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Beautiful.  Thanks again, Mr G.

edit:  Will some kindly soul please help us out with a translation?

 
I think the girlie chorus is singing "I want a pup".  Maybe they lost their dog and want another?
Mellow
Music as repetitive as Beethoven-s 5th...
 Beaker wrote:
Here's the perfect example of a great artist I would never have heard about if not for RP. Kudos to RP and may you continue on in airing the best music I've never heard of.
 
I agree wholeheartedly!
 (former member) wrote:
Well, I finally got someone to translate this for me. He's singing "kill the white man." Actually, this is really nice. I'll check him out, based on this tune. Thanks for turning me on to it.
 
I'm with him ^
Part of me really hates it that I have no idea what the singer is saying. And if I were over-influenced by my resentment of that, I would miss all of the subtle nuance in the deceptively simple music.
But since I am not, I find this song very sweet indeed!
Beautiful.  Thanks again, Mr G.

edit:  Will some kindly soul please help us out with a translation?
Love this! {#Cool}
 TheKing2 wrote:
It's a bit repetative on the side of boring.

 
I am constrained to correct this. It is just plainly boring.

Awesome vibe early morning
anytime!

superb music, many thanks for RP! 
It's a bit repetative on the side of boring.
Beautiful!
I hope the words are as well.
I was sitting here taking a smoke break from playing my guitar, and this song stopped me dead in my tracks: Absolutely brilliant! Time for another trip to the iTunes store.....
trekhead wrote:
"Hiawatha..."
:high-five: :yes: :lol:
"Hiawatha..."
Shut up and listen to the damn guitar. rKokon wrote:
If I have to listen to songs in a language I am never going to understand, must the crud be so everlastingly repetitive? Can't it have some higher quality? I am glad I have not yet eaten lunch. I would be losing it by now. :x : crashcomp:
trekhead wrote:
Good! More subtitle songs.... a 3.
Wow, has MY opinion changed. RP Effect. 3 => 8.
the record seems to be skipping...can someone jar it a bit? Aya wah pa! Aya wah pa! Aya wah pa!
I can't really listen to much Paul Simon but his influence is such that now I think of him when I hear African music.
This is really overplayed.
Good! More subtitle songs.... a 3.
If I have to listen to songs in a language I am never going to understand, must the crud be so everlastingly repetitive? Can't it have some higher quality? I am glad I have not yet eaten lunch. I would be losing it by now. :x : crashcomp:
:music:
not bad, and i usually hate this kind of thing.
Does anyone listening have a copy of "Ami o" by Bebe Manga they could upload?
African music if often grating to me, but this is quite nice. I'm going to rush out and buy it, or anything, but it's nice.
sound alot like their song "Wake Up"...also very good.
lily34 wrote:
i swear they are saying "hiawatha"
i agree! sounds exactly like it.
This is very calming.
aharamanx wrote:
Really lovely this one. Thanks again, Bill you are SO adept at the perfect mix. :clap: :bounce: :bounce: :clap:
i swear they are saying "hiawatha"
Jacco wrote:
Prettig in het gehoor, heerlijk rustige muziek :clap: :clap:
Ja is het, hoop ik dat wij meer horen. :music:
Really lovely this one. Thanks again, Bill you are SO adept at the perfect mix. :clap: :bounce: :bounce: :clap:
pretty cool stuff, peter gabriel adapted this style of music into his later recordings :cool:
This wins
great groove and great timing - as usual
Prettig in het gehoor, heerlijk rustige muziek :clap: :clap:
Well said-this is why I listen to RadioParadise. New music stemming from unique and diverse traditions. I may not always like the song, but each is generally well crafted.
Originally Posted by keelo: "Dischordant"? I assure you the refrain is sung in the same key as the "music". What a beautiful song. Keep up the great programming. Nobody does it better. :clap:
Originally Posted by cashcow: The female vocals are so dischordant with the music that I am prompted to comment on them.
"Dischordant"? I assure you the refrain is sung in the same key as the "music". What a beautiful song. Keep up the great programming. Nobody does it better. :clap:
Especially interesting because this song always comes in the same order. I could do with a little less of this song.
Where else can you hear this and Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix and all the other killer music heard here all on one station? Thank you Radio Paradise
Isn\'t this the guy who appeared with Bonnie Raitt on Austin City Limits recently? What a great performance that was!
originally posted by myrrh: wow. from neil young to oliver mtukudzi. great transition from one great song to another great song. this one is just so mellow and happy, beautiful guitar and vocals. :d
just imagine how much better it would be without neil young, he sucks! and that "round & round" song just enforces how bad he sucks. :evil:
Originally Posted by the_jake: :D Thanks for the info Blarg. I like it even more knowing the meaning.
Please enlighten me with the meaning?
Wow. From Neil Young to Oliver Mtukudzi. Great transition from one great song to another great song. This one is just so mellow and happy, beautiful guitar and vocals. :D
What a beautiful song!
lets pick it up a lil\' :cry: :cry:
great music....
An enchanting sound. Makes my morning worth it.
The female vocals are so dischordant with the music that I am prompted to comment on them.
Sucks, plain and simple. :evil:
Unlike most 3 chord American pop, African pop songs like this tend to remain listenable long after their American counterparts become annoyingly repetitive. Thanks to Paul Simon for helping American audiences find out about these great genres.
:D Thanks for the info Blarg. I like it even more knowing the meaning.
Very nice tune. Oliver Mtukudzi _Tuku Music_ Information about: MAI VARAMBA Society says that a son has to be a man and grow up to provide for the family. Even before he has fully matured, he has to go out into the world to prove his manhood. But we have here a mother who refuses to accept this. Her son can never be thrown into the deep end in this manner. Let him become a fully grown adult first. From: https://www.putumayo.com/cd/oliver/oliver.html
Well, I finally got someone to translate this for me. He\'s singing \"kill the white man.\" Actually, this is really nice. I\'ll check him out, based on this tune. Thanks for turning me on to it.
Originally Posted by tonypf: Bill: Give this piece a little more rotation, please.
is that even POSSIBLE? :p
Bill: Give this piece a little more rotation, please.
Expression in the human voice is a beautiful thing. I have no idea what is said in this song, but it\'s an amazing piece. Sometimes you forget how wonderfully expressive of the human soul a voice can be even when you don\'t speak the same language. A wonderful 3 minutes, my ears and spirit thank you!