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Robson Banda and the New Black Eagles

  • Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 [Zimbob, 1995] B+

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Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 [Zimbob, 1995]
If Thomas Mapfumo is a genius, his biggest fan is a pro, reassuring of voice and steadfast of mind. There's no prophet in him--he's a singing moralizer who knows that when a Zimbabwean commandeers three guitars, two have learned something from the thumb piano. Reprocessing the little melodies in which southern Africa abounds, Banda leads two Earthworks compilations with standouts this showcase couldn't do without. Here are some more. B+