In 1972, the country of Rhodesia - as Zimbabwe was then known - was in the middle of a long-simmering struggle for independence from British colonial rule. In the hotels and nightclubs of the capital, bands could make a living playing a mix of Afro-Rock, Cha-Cha-Cha and Congolese Rumba. But as the desire for independence grew stronger, a number of Zimbabwean musicians began to look to their own culture for inspiration. They began to emulate the staccato sound and looping melodies of the mbira (thumb piano) on their electric guitars, and to replicate the insistent shaker rhythms on the hi-hat; they also started to sing in the Shona language and to add overtly political messages to their lyrics (safe in the knowledge that the predominantly white minority government wouldn't understand them). From this collision of electric instruments and indigenous traditions, a new style of Zimbabwean popular music - later known as Chimurenga, from the Shona word for 'struggle' - was born. And there were few bands more essential to the development of this

music than the Hallelujah Chicken Run Band. 'Take One' collects the HCR Band's biggest hits along with several rare tracks recorded between 1974 and 1979, all painstakingly remastered from original master tapes and vinyl sources.

Hallelujah Chicken Run Band - Take One

Mus000654074
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Number of Discs
1
Release Date
11/12/2020
Artist
Hallelujah Chicken Run Band
format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
Analog Africa

In 1972, the country of Rhodesia - as Zimbabwe was then known - was in the middle of a long-simmering struggle for independence from British colonial rule. In the hotels and nightclubs of the capital, bands could make a living playing a mix of Afro-Rock, Cha-Cha-Cha and Congolese Rumba. But as the desire for independence grew stronger, a number of Zimbabwean musicians began to look to their own culture for inspiration. They began to emulate the staccato sound and looping melodies of the mbira (thumb piano) on their electric guitars, and to replicate the insistent shaker rhythms on the hi-hat; they also started to sing in the Shona language and to add overtly political messages to their lyrics (safe in the knowledge that the predominantly white minority government wouldn't understand them). From this collision of electric instruments and indigenous traditions, a new style of Zimbabwean popular music - later known as Chimurenga, from the Shona word for 'struggle' - was born. And there were few bands more essential to the development of this

music than the Hallelujah Chicken Run Band. 'Take One' collects the HCR Band's biggest hits along with several rare tracks recorded between 1974 and 1979, all painstakingly remastered from original master tapes and vinyl sources.

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Album
Take One
Publisher
Proper Music Distribution
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Take One | Hallelujah Chicken Run Band
Catalogue Number
AACD0062

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