Mike Doc Twang Olson and the Key Ingredients of African Soul | Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries

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Crossing Borders, Breaking Boundaries

by Mike Doc Twang Olson and the Key Ingredients of African Soul

This is World Afro-Pop and Reggae, produced in Tucson Arizona, a mix of English, Shona and even Ndebele, featuring the sweet mix of guitar, marimba and mbira.
Genre: World: African- South
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1. It's All About the Cash Anyway (Ian's Mix) [feat. Ian Mhlanga]
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2. Gwenyambira (feat. Mono Mukundu, John Gumbo, Praise Zenenga & Patience Mudeka)
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3. Ukuthula (feat. Iwisa Music and Dance Company & Mono Mukundu)
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4. Tarira Mukoma (feat. Praise Zenenga, Patience Mudeka & Mono Mukundu)
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5. River of Hurt
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6. Pure Intent
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7. Dai Hudiki Hwaidzokerwa (feat. Praise Zenenga & Tafadzwa Matamba)
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8. Africa, Africa (feat. Albert Nyathi, Bulawayo Kwela Kings, Thompson Banda, John Gumbo & Elliot Phiri)
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9. Hondo Nzara Nehurombo (feat. Praise Zenenga & Thompson Banda)
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10. Who's the Criminal Here?
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11. It's All About the Cash Anyway (feat. Ian Mhlanga)
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12. River of Hurt (Acoustic Mix) [feat. Bulawayo Kwela Kings, Marko Sithole & John Gumbo]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This project features long distance collaborations with several friends of many nationalities.
Although geographically separated, we came together by exchanging tracks over the internet,
unified in our love of music and our common desires for peace, prosperity and justice. I remain
eternally grateful to all of those who collaborated, contributed and participated. In addition, I
want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Key Ingredients of African Soul musicians with
special thanks to my friend and colleague, Praise Zenenga. Without his creative and practical
support this project would have never happened. I dedicate this album to the man who inspired
its inception, Dr. Thomas Mapfumo. Thank you, Mukanya- Mike “Doc Twang” Olson, Producer.
Recorded, mixed and mastered in Tucson, Arizona at “We Like It” World Music. Additional tracks
recorded at: Monolio Studios, Harare, Zimbabwe (Albert Nyathi, Bulawayo Kwela Kings, Mono
Mukundu), ODD Audio, Harare, Zimbabwe (Ian Mhlanga), House of Rising Sound, Bulawayo,
Zimbabwe (Iwisa) and Auricle Recording, Champaign, Illinois (Patience Mudeka).
It's All About the Cash Anyway, Ian's mix- Described by Ian Mhlanga as “New Chemurenga” and a tribute to
Thomas Mapfumo, this is one of many overseas collaborations included in this project and features this great
young composer, musician and producer from Zimbabwe. Lyrics and music- Ian Mhlanga. Ian Mhlanga- vocals,
piano, keyboards and synthesizers, Mike “Doc Twang” Olson- guitars, Joe Townend- bass, Brad Rickel- drums
Gwenyambira- This is the song that initiated this project. Rooted in a traditional Mbira/Chemurenga groove
that Thomas Mapfumo himself and his guitarist Gilbert Zvamaida shared with me, it became a tribute to Mukanya
and his clan. Featured guests are Mono Mukundu, John Gumbo and Patience Mudeka. Lyrics- Praise Zenenga,
Music- Traditional with arrangement by M. Olson. Praise Zenenga- Lead and backing vocals, Patience Mudeka-
Additional lead and backing vocals, Mike “Doc Twang” Olson- rhythm guitar, marimba and backing vocals,
John Gumbo- lead guitar, Mono Mukundu- rhythm guitar, Ryan Brock- drums, Joe Townend- bass,
Joe Whitley- hosho, Jeff Simpson- marimba and backing vocals, Kuumba Piazza- backing vocals.
Ukuthula- I met Iwisa in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe back in 2010. When they heard about this project, they asked if
I would like to use their vocal tracks for a collaboration. Needless to say, I was honored and this is the result.
The title means "Peace" and is sung in Ndebele (similar to Zulu). Also featured is renowned Harare guitarist and
producer, Mono Mukundu. Lyrics- Iwisa Music and Dance Company, Music- Mike Olson. Iwisa- lead and
backing vocals, Mike “Doc Twang” Olson- rhythm guitar, marimba and percussion, Mono Mukundu- lead
guitar, Brad Rickel- drums, Joe Townend- bass.
Tarira Mukoma- "Brother, look at me", a plea from those "invisible" ones who are wasting away from poverty
and disease. Singer Patience Mudeka and guitarist Mono Mukundu are featured guests on this song which is a
fusion of Chemurenga, Sungura and Rock styles. Lyrics- Praise Zenenga, Music- M. Olson.
Praise Zenenga- lead and backing vocals, Patience Mudeka- additional lead and backing vocals, Mike
“Doc Twang” Olson- drums, bass, lead and rhythm guitars, marimba and backing vocals, Mono Mukundu- guitar,
Joe Whitley- hosho, Cavetta Green, Uzo Nwankpa, Jeff Simpson- backing vocals.
River of Hurt- This song came to me from a place I usually avoid, my own personal feelings. At first,
I was going to ignore it, but it wouldn't let me be. So, there was no choice but to record it. This version features
yours truly on all instruments except keyboards, which are played by Tom Fetter. Mike “Doc Twang” Olsonlead
and backing vocals, drums, bass, congas, lead and rhythm guitars, and marimba, Tom Fetter- keyboards,
Cavetta Green, Uzo Nwankpa - backing vocals.
Pure Intent- "There is only one moment; this moment". This is the sequel to an earlier song of mine
("Circle Song") in which I insist that "what will be now was". Lyrics and Music- M. Olson. Mike “Doc Twang”
Olson- lead and backing vocals, bass, guitars and mbira, Ryan Brock- drums, Joe Whitley- hosho,
Cavetta Green, Uzo Nwankpa, Jeff Simpson- backing vocals.
Dai Hudiki Hwaidzokerwa- Another overseas collaboration, this one featuring Masvingo, Zimbabwe mbira
player Tafadzwa Matamba (author of the song) with whom I began corresponding after seeing a grainy cell
phone video clip of him on YouTube. These tracks were recorded using laptops and cell phones and shared via
internet file sharing sites. The title means "I wish I was young again". Lyrics- Tafadzwa Matamba, Music-
Tafadzwa Matamba and M. Olson. Praise Zenenga- lead and backing vocals, Tafadzwa Matamba- mbira and
backing vocals, Mike “Doc Twang” Olson- bass, guitars, percussion, marimba and backing vocals, Ryan Brockdrums,
Jeff Simpson- marimba and backing vocals.
Africa, Africa- The music I wrote for this was inspired by the old style “Kwela” music and features Thompson
Banda, John Gumbo and Elliot Phiri of the Bulawayo Kwela Kings with lyrics co-written by revered poet, Albert
Nyathi, all of whom I met in 2010. I find it interesting that this theme runs deep with every African artist asked to
contribute to this project. Lyrics- Albert Nyathi/Praise Zenenga, Music- M. Olson. Albert Nyathi- lead vocal,
John Gumbo- rhythm guitar, Elliot Phiri- lead guitar, Thompson Banda- penny whistles, Mike “Doc Twang”
Olson- bass, marimba and backing vocals, Ryan Brock- drums, Cavetta Green,
Uzo Nwankpa, Jeff Simpson, Praise Zenenga- backing vocals.
Hondo, Nzara Nehurombo- Another version of the previous song and meaning
"War, Hunger and Poverty", this is an all out rejection of those things. Lyrics-
Praise Zenenga, Music- M. Olson. Praise Zenenga- lead and backing vocals,
Thompson Banda- penny whistles, Mike “Doc Twang” Olson- bass, rhythm
guitar, marimba and backing vocals, Ryan Brock- drums, Joe Whitley- hosho,
Cavetta Green, Uzo Nwankpa, Jeff Simpson- backing vocals.
Who's the Criminal Here?- "If someone dies in the desert today, who's the
criminal?". "If a dream is laid to waste by snakes and vultures, who's the criminal?".
The Key Ingredients of African Soul perform a song originally written by Tucsonan Ted
Warmbrand. Additional lyrics/Music arrangement- M. Olson. Additional lyrics in Part 2- "Ralph Brown" (not
his real name). Mike “Doc Twang” Olson- lead and backing vocals, guitars, marimba and percussion, "Ralph
Brown”- lead and backing vocals, Ryan Brock- drums, Joe Whitley- congas, Benjamin Daniels- bass,
Jeff Simpson- marimba and backing vocals, Ricardo Peron- trumpet.
It's All About the Cash Anyway- This is my instrumental mix of this song. Music- Ian Mhlanga.
Ian Mhlanga- piano, keyboards and synthesizers, Mike “Doc Twang” Olson- guitars, Joe Townend- bass and
Brad Rickel- drums.
River of Hurt, acoustic mix- I had already mixed the previous version of this song. But, the fellows from the
Bulawayo Kwela Kings in Zimbabwe liked the song and were inspired to contribute, so I put together this mix
featuring their acoustic guitars and penny whistle. Lyrics and music- Mike “Doc Twang” Olson. Mike "Doc
Twang" Olson- lead vocals, congas, percussion, marimba and guitars, Marko Sithole- penny whistle, John
Gumbo- acoustic guitar, Joe Townend- bass, Uzo Nwankpa, Cavetta Green- backing vocals.


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