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Martin Sinnock
Songlines, January 2009

"On Mozambique Relief various local musicians team up with Finnish keyboard-player Seppo Kantonen and producer/saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen. The music is a combination of local popular styles with clear influences from South Africa and a strong jazz element. Ghorwane are an electric band with their own horn section; Projecto Africa sound more rural, with marimba-like keyboards and earthy vocals; Stewart Sukuma and Jose Mucavele each sing over their acoustic guitars, accompanied by percussion; Zebra are a heavily percussive group with strong jazz riffs. Perhaps the most satisfying piece come from Gito Baloi who performs 'Danca Marrabenta', a take on the popular marrabenta rhythm, with its Brazilian-styled swing to it. But all the pieces are interesting, and the combination of the Finnish musicians' jazz talent with the Mozambicans' roots sound makes for an appealing variation from the few releases to have come from this region of Africa."

Robert Christgau
The Village Voice, January 2009

"the Afropop miracle - out of want, exultation (Ghorwane, "Mayvavo"; Jose Mucavele, "Golheani")"

Stephen Chan
Audiophile ( *translated from Chinese), October 2000

"During the production of this CD, Mozambique was in the midst of torrent and floods. Now thanks to the Naxos label, proceeds from the sale of this album will go to assisting the country recover from this disaster, hence the CD title "Mozambique Relief." Although this CD is for a charitable cause, the song subjects do not all concern themselves with the flood or its effect. Rather, there are musical and commercial considerations.

The eleven tracks are recorded in Maputo, Mozambique, with the help of a well-equipped mobile recording van that was driven across the country. The indigenous music is played with mainly Western instruments, but all the various kinds of drums are African. Many other instruments, like sax, trumpet, keyboard, guitar and percussion, abound in the music. Of course every single number is highly rhythmic - light, hard, fast, jumpy - and played in a variety of ways. The arrangements are very rich, striving for an almost rustic rural sound, conjuring a spellbinding African beat that will hypnotize your body to move. You can find solid rhythms, and charming melodies from the brasses, keyboard and guitar. In addition, the vocals are enchanting, sounding so natural and relaxed that you will want to sit back and throw all the hassles in your life to the back of your mind. To me, the best part of the CD is its rhythm, which is not over-done, supported delicate arrangement. Together with the voices, the simple tunes of Africa have been given a modern touch."

Mansha Daswani
B-International, September 2000

"For Afro-pop newbies, this is an excellent introduction to the genre. Mozambique Relief features some of Mozambique's most renowned recording artists, including Ghorwane, Stewart Sukuma and Gito Baloi. On the more accessible end of world music, Mozambique Relief fuses traditional African rhythms with pop, soul and jazz. Highlights include Zebra's Tiyisselane, a phenomenal African jazz track, and the Latin undercurrents of Jose Mucavele's Lanixlamalissa. Released by the world music imprint of Hong Kong-based HNH International, proceeds from this Hong Kong-led initiative will go to victims of the floods that devastated Mozambique earlier this year."

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