A Tanzanian battle of the bands – on this sweet little set that features two of the biggest dance orchestras of the 80s! The ensembles in
Tanzania at the time were far more than just musical acts – as most were funded by larger organizations, and had either a political or economic agenda as well – one that sometimes came through in
the subject of the music, and which definitely resonated with the popularity of the groups as well! The approach of both groups here – Mlimani Park Orchestra and International Orchestra Safari Sound – is a blend of older guitar rhythms, ala highlife, with some fuller horn passages and vocal choruses that often have some slight social undercurrent mixed with a more upfront lyrical groove. As always with both the Zanzibara and Ethiopiques series, the notes are excellent, in
boht English and French – and really help situate the larger cultural context of the music. Tracks include "Mtoto Akihilia Wembe", "Neema", and "Chenga Ya Mwili" by Mlimani Park Orchestra – and "Sosy", "Majuto", "Chatu Mkali", and "Homa Imenizidia" by International Orchestra Safari Sound.