Dilon Djindji


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Some people might think that waiting until you're 75 to release your first solo album is leaving things a little late. But in the case of Mozambique's Dilon Djindji, it's a case of better late than never, especially when the majority of the songs on here have been maturing for well over 35 years. As part of Mabulu, he's shown himself to be the grand master of the native marrabenta dance rhythm. This release, however, is about his songs and guitar playing. With a honeyed, laid-back voice, Djindji covers a number of topics, like those who don't do their fair share of work ("Muhinhana") or jailed innocents ("Badanile") over very sparse accompaniment. Indeed, when percussion joins in on "Imani Lwe" it comes as a jolt, sounding huge. For all that it's easy on the ear, there's a great deal of depth to his material, which sinks in over several plays. It might have taken him 75 years to get a record out, but it's been worth the wait.

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