Mabulu has been established only recently, but already they have recorded 2 CDs and
they have toured extensively in Europe in the summer of 2001. Their success comes mainly from the enthousiasm
of the musicians involved as well as from the support from local and international
non-governmental organisations (Promusic, Mozambique) and Helvetas (Switzerland) aiming at promoting and revitalising
Mozambiquan music and culture. This had become neccessary since, after years of civil war and subsequent
floodings, infrastructure, instruments and recording facilities had largely disappeared.
Old stars of Marrabenta music were without work and living in poverty. Mabulu (=dialogue in Shangana) searches to
reconciliate the old marrabenta style with rap and hiphop, and they succeed surprisingly well. Singers
like Lisboa Matavel (65) and Dilone Djindji (73) were asked to join the young rapper Chiquito.
The formula works well and the result is an energetic set that gained much acclaim at European World Music festivals.
Mabulu consists of:
Lisboa Matavel, Dilone Djindji, Chonyl: vocals;
Antonio Marcos: guitar;
Mabulu: Karimbo CD cover