Maiuko | Different Wars

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Erykah Badu Jill Scott Portishead

Album Links
Maiuko Nexhit PassAlong Tradebit Chondo MusicIsHere PayPlay Apple iTunes Bitmunk

More Artists From
Great Britain / UK

Other Genres You Will Love
Electronic: Trip Hop Jazz: African Jazz Moods: Solo Female Artist
There are no items in your wishlist.

Different Wars

by Maiuko

Downtempo alternative-soul fusion drawn from her Mozambican/South African jazz roots - a spine tingling voice set against sultry trip hop grooves and string-led cinematic soundscapes. Physical CDs now only available from artist record label - see links.
Genre: Electronic: Trip Hop
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
cd in stock order now
Share to Google +1

Tracks

Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
share
time
download
1. Breakdown the Walls
Share this song!
X
4:32 $0.99
2. My Oh My
Share this song!
X
4:31 $0.99
3. Sweet Black Mama
Share this song!
X
8:19 $0.99
4. Different Wars
Share this song!
X
6:16 $0.99
5. I Dream
Share this song!
X
3:23 $0.99
6. The Light
Share this song!
X
1:23 $0.99
7. Hold My Hand
Share this song!
X
3:49 $0.99
8. Grandma Lisa
Share this song!
X
4:38 $0.99
9. Mozambique
Share this song!
X
3:52 $0.99
10. I Make Believe
Share this song!
X
5:32 $0.99
11. Breakdown the Walls (reprise)
Share this song!
X
10:38 $0.99
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Maiuko (my-u-co)

SHE MAY BE PERSONABLE, ENGAGING AND CAREFUL WHOM SHE DISSES, BUT THE SHOCKING TRUTH IS THAT MAIUKO IS A ROYAL, AND WE'RE NOT TAKLKING ABOUT ANY OLD TOURIST MAGNET MUSEUM PIECE, THE SINGER IS A DESCENDENT OF A ROYAL REBEL.

"My grandmother Lisa was part of the Swaziland monarchy," says Maiuko with a wry smile. "But she chose to marry a commoner, a white man, actually. She was a very brave woman who was a great inspiration to me". (Kevin Le Gendre - Echoes Magazine)

Not surprisingly Grandma Lisa is one of the most poignant tracks on Maiuko's debut Different Wars. First release on indie label RL-2, the album charts a personal journey from her native Mozambique to London via sojourns in Swaziland and Portugal.

Blessed with a voice that has been likened to "a less raspy Macy Gray, or even the dulcet jazz tones of Erykah Badu" (Wax), Maiuko developed a song writing skill with a little inspiration from the likes of Billie Holiday, Hugh Masekela, Bjork and Massive Attack. Elements of melancholic South African jazz combined with the lo-fi nu-soul grooves feature throughout her music.

A live appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival brought her to the attention of RL-2 producers Maquenzie and Paul Lilly. Her first album Different Wars features outstanding performances from long time Ronnie Scott sideman Dick Pearce on flugelhorn, Sade writing collaborator Martin Ditcham on percussion and Bev Davison on violin. Different Wars has been described as "envelope expanding" with the track 'The Light' winning her the award of best uploaded mp3 track on getoutthere.bt.com as chosen by Mark Brydon of Moloko.

Frequent headliners at Ronnie Scott's, her appearance at the Sony Radio Academy Awards and a European tour lined up for later in the year, all point toward establishing Maiuko as a major profile and voice in the coming year.


Reviews


to write a review

Rootsworld

This is one for the late night music lovers
Born in Mozambique of royal Swazi ancestry, with comparisons to the likes of Macy Gray to her credit, Maiuko is a singer representing another facet of the musical life of her country. Now based in the UK, Different Wars is her debut: a collage of images with soulful grooves, African choruses, and slick, modern backing tracks, all melting together in one lush, urban soundscape. Maiuko oozes soul. She has the ability to transform her vocals from husky and sensuous to something altogether more ethereal, almost spiritual. Her voice belies her youth, and defies the limitations of one particular style or genre.

The climax of the album is "Hold My Hand." A sultry Maiuko establishes the melody over a mellow, funky groove, when, as if from the heavens, enters the unmistakeable voice of Sara Tavares. Tavares' youthfulness balances the ghostly harmonies and Maiuko's vocal maturity. This is a truly beautiful song, with the very different styles of the women resulting in something truly haunting. "Sweet Black Mama" is a thought evoking track about the universal plight of a woman's struggle to survive. It is the richness of musical content that is most striking. The track does not try to be sympathetic to its subject matter in any way; rather it emphasises the harshness of the reality, with stabbing violin and powerful harmonies. What begins life as a chill-out track becomes something darker and truly monumental in its breadth.

One of the few overt nods to her Mozambican heritage comes in the form of "Mozambique," a free spirited track with the refrain sung in the Landin dialect of southern Mozambique. "My Oh My" is an incredibly sexy track, the purest example of Maiuko's gift. Songs like this are her strength. Her interpretation is spot on, bluesy and soulful, creaming the essence from the very core of the melody. This is one for the late night music lovers.

Different Wars is a slow grower, mainly due to the weight of its substance - there is an ocean of sound to take in. It is an album to come back to again and again, each listen revealing new corners, hidden depths. Persevere, abandon any preconceptions of what you think African music should sound like, and you will be rewarded. - Jennifer Byrne

Kevin Le Gendre - Echos Magazine

THE SHOCKING TRUTH IS THAT MAIUKO IS A ROYAL
SHE MAY BE PERSONABLE, ENGAGING AND CAREFUL WHOM SHE DISSES, BUT THE SHOCKING TRUTH IS THAT MAIUKO IS A ROYAL, AND WE’RE NOT TAKLKING ABOUT ANY OLD TOURIST MAGNET MUSEUM PIECE, THE SINGER IS A DESCENDENT OF A ROYAL REBEL.

“My grandmother Lisa was part of the Swaziland monarchy” says Maiuko with a wry smile. “But she chose to marry a commoner, a white man, actually. She had to become a cleaner when she gave up the royal family. She was a very brave woman who was a great inspiration to me”.

Unsurprisingly Grandma Lisa is one of the most heartfelt tracks on Maiuko’s debut Different Wars, an album which charts a personal journey from her native Mozambique to London via sojourns in Swaziland and Portugal.

Along the way Maiuko developed a voice and song writing skill with a little inspiration from the likes of Billie Holiday, Hugh Masekela, Bjork and Massive Attack. Elements of melancholic South African jazz and languid beats would subsequently creep into her music.

Bolstered by work with legendary blues guitarist Jeff Beck and live shows at the Montreux Jazz Festival and clubs in the UK and France, Maiuko hooked up with producers Richard Bundy and Paul Lilly boss of RL-2 Records, and got to work on songs that would eventually become Different Wars. It’s a work which deals with a greater need for humanity in a land ravaged by political conflict and the healing process that follows cultural upheaval.

“It’s about Africa, but not just where I was born,” Maiuko elaborates. “I hear about revolutions and what people fight for all the time. Some people are just fighting for bread. I did experience some of that in Mozambique. The country is at war and we went through starvation after a long drought”.

“My parents chose to leave. We could have stayed there during the war as a lot of people did. I found myself getting very angry about the fact that we had to leave because of a conflict that was not of our making. Once I left my country, I really felt I didn’t have a home. I’ve never had the same feeling in all the countries I’ve lived. I’d like one day to go back. As an adult, I’ll be able to understand these things a lot better”. [KLG]

Bryn R - Peoplesound

this is a worthwhile soul excursion indeed.
Defiantly lo-fi old soul grooves with more than a cursory nod of the hat towards this year’s soul sensation Macy Gray. The production is gorgeous; all deep bass and shrill violin, with a grittiness to the recording that recalls Sly Stone’s inspiring and seminal There’s A Riot Goin’ On album. When you add the expressive vocal and a tune that incorporates both groove and unexpected chord changes, this is a worthwhile soul excursion indeed. (Bryn R)

Wax Magazine

A strong debut from Mozambican singer songwriter Maiuko
A strong debut from Mozambican singer songwriter Maiuko on the newly formed UK indie RL-2. If lazy comparisons need to be made I would equate her voice to that of a less raspy Macy Gray, or even the dulcet jazz tones of Erykah Badu, and with a very slinky trip-hop backing vibe on 'Different Wars' her voice shimmers through. Don't get misled by the Mozambican singer tag because this is pure soul with a few glances back at Maiuko's African heritage on tracks such as 'Mozambique', and the lovely Latin tones of 'Hold My Hand'. Production is tight and the musicianship from an esteemed backing band remains solid throughout. My only slight gripe would be that there is a little too much emphasis on bluesy down-tempo and not enough on getting the bpm's up enough to have a good groove down. That aside this is an extremely promising beginning to what should be a very long career. PM 8

G3 Magazine

The album meanders deliciously, with each track gradually layering and building,
If you buy only one album out of this month¹s pay packet, then get yourself a copy of this. Mozambican singer-songwriter Maiuko's extraordinary debut is a sweet soul fusion of her African roots with sultry hip hop grooves and
string-led cinematic soundscapes. Underpinned by mature lyricism, Maiuko's deeply expressive voice sweeps from featherlite melody to rich gravely undertones. The album meanders deliciously, with each track gradually layering and building, dripping with emotion all the way. Opening song 'Breakdown the Walls' sets the tone with sunny slo-paced soul, while epic title track 'Different Wars' is a melancholy remembrance of the scars left by conflict, large and small. With her song writing strongly grounded in the
personal, visions of her homeland are ever-present in tracks such as 'Mozambique' and 'Hold My Hand', which combines Mozambican Portuguese and Landin dialects with bittersweet guitar. 'Sweet Black Mama' glides from
mournful ballad to full-on breaks'n'strings fest, while the stripped-down arrangement of 'The Light' shows off the full texture of Maiuko's voice. As a first release on new independent label RL-2, this inter-generic album is truly innovative and sets a high standard for future output. Maiuko is one name that you’ll need to learn to pronounce:
my-u-co. (dj spinsista)

Muzik Magazine

This is the debut offering from the singer-songwriter from Mozambique and a trul
This is the debut offering from the singer-songwriter from Mozambique and a truly attractive one at that. The lady fuses her Afro-ethnic roots with modern vibes and beats and has some of the most proficient players in the country including Ronnie Scott sideman Dick Pearce on flugelhorn, percussionist/drummer Martin Ditcham and Violinist Bev Davison. This is extremely fresh and launches another quality voice for us all to savour. 5/5 (Dr. Bob Jones)