Reviews Monoswezi Yanga:


"A thoroughly enjoyable, totally hypnotic, and utterly unique listening experience."  Songlines


"The velvet depths of the double bass and some gorgeously breathy sax interjections are indispensable two Reviews their Instantly recognisable sonic signature. On this Reviews their third and best album They continue two experiment with the new textures That Materialise out of Reviews their unusual line up while remaining accessible and melody centered. Lovely stuff. “  The Independent


"this is very powerful, each element complementing the other to create something new and very enjoyable." Sing Out! USA


'words like “hypnotic” and “mesmerizing” are a bit shopworn, but they’re perfectly applicable in describing what you’ll hear if you have the good sense to get this CD.' World Music Central


"The album is important for its merging of cultures and ideas, but also for the natural symbiosis the musicians demonstrate, which never feels forced. " All About Jazz, USA




Live reviews:


“a gently intoxicating and refreshingly original brew”  All About Jazz


“new meaning to tradition, charm and subtle witchery.”  The Star





Reviews “The Village”


“A unique sound blending traditional songs from ZImbabwe with Scandinavian Jazz“ CNN, USA

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“Highly, highly recommended” The Strand, BBC World Service, UK

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"Even though we're only a week into January, I feel confident their strikingly atmospheric debut album The Village will be on my end-of-year list for 2013."  The Independent, UK


"A hypnotic blend of Norwegian saxophone and Zimbabwean mbira" Financial Times UK


"The Village largely whispers rather than shouts, and it's all the more powerful for it." The Independent on Sunday, UK


"..their jazzy sensibility and improvisational magic creates some of the most beautiful music we've heard this year." Max Reinhardt, BBC


"Classy stuff" The Guardian, UK


"A fusion of with an airy and expressive feel that displays a remarkable balance between two different cultures"  Songlines UK


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“Their sound is as intriguing as their makeup.” CBC Radio feature, Canada


"an exciting and captivating collaboration, who creates world music in its best sense" "The quintet blends fantastic, will nonetheless exceed limits and continues to do so.."  Folker, Germany


"The result is both unique and appealing."  Bergens Tidene, Norway


“Monoswezi's debut album combines the openness of African music and the airiness of Scandinavian jazz to create intricate melodic and rhythmic patterns that mesmerise. “ Weekend Oz, Australia


"The Village" is a cyclical and minimalist journey of love between Scandinavia and Southern Africa that sounds remarkably warm and unforced."  Dagens Nyheter, Sweden


"it is insane groovy, and it is absolutely impossible to sit quietly. The only objection I have is that the album is too short. Not that 48 minutes is small. It's just that I want more, much more. For this record is only one reason why you should not run to buy. And that is that you already have it.” Jazznytt, Norway


"The music that is created sounds, open-minded and extremely fresh." Suedwind Magazin, Austria


"The mix of Eastern African rhythms and vocals with European Jazz is sublime. Neither element is fighting for prominence; there is perfect harmony here. The band’s name means “one world” and, if this music is their vision of a global community, it is beautiful. To call Monoswezi a fusion band would imply that these two musical traditions were two separate entities coming together; while that may be the literal truth, it sounds like a pairing that should never have been apart in the first place, so perfect is the melding."  Albumaday 2013


"Monoswezi: Four countries, one voice" Hissig, Norway


“The Moswezi's music is fresh and heartwarming like the first rays of sun. It warms your body and fills your heart with hope.” Jazzalchemist, Poland


"The mix of the african sound and the scandinavian jazz is a combination which is hard to imagine but they fit well together "as if they were already in love all this time". " Noborderz, Netherlands


“Recommendation of the week” NRK Kulturnytt /Spillerom


"wonderful and delicate"  PopMatters


"What Monoswezi have created is a unique and intriguing fusion" Allmusic


"Monoswezi is without any doubt the band of the moment! " "Listening to the album, you will realize the great quality of Monoswezi’s sound does not only lie in their ability to blend different sounds but in succeeding to create one sound – the sound of Monoswezi." Jusi I Love


“Monoswezi is a fabulous meeting of two very different cultures. Although after hearing The Village, perhaps Scandanavia and Africa aren’t as far apart as they seem.”  Splinters @ Candy / WVKR.org, USA


"The unique phenomenon of Monoswezi, is created once minimalism and Scandinavian jazz with traditional rhythms found in Zimbabwe and Mozambique."  Solar Jazz World, Colombia


“Don’t overlook this fine music!” WRUV , USA

"Monswezi has managed to create unique and individual songs that still come together cohesively to build The Village."  Ucdadvocate


“A South African Scandinavia able to hypnotize.” Rumore, Italy


“While the fusion of different cultural influences can result in dilution, this outfit do it with integrity and respect for the source material. Proving less-is-more, the spacious arrangements allow for the simple folk melodies to sit easily with elegantly sophisticated contemporary jazz.The warm vocals, unhurried pace and understated deployment of bells, soft percussion and acoustic bass behind the supple saxophone and clarinet make for a delightful experience. Recommended.”  Elsewhere, New Zealand


“If you want to learn how to be in two places at once - reach for Monoswezi” Etnosystem, Poland


“In a word, a cultural feast of music” “Every aspect of this album, called The Village will satisfy many highly qualified music lovers.” Tikabasa Muzik, Turkey


"It is world music in the meeting. World music in action and it sounds good." Jazznyt, Demark 

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“A unique sound blending traditional songs from Zimbabwe with Scandinavian Jazz“ CNN, USA

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