Unamunacua

by Tananas Wide Ensemble

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Tananas (pronounced tuh-naa-nuhs) was a South African band formed in 1987. Originally it consisted of Mozambican Gito Baloi (bass and vocals), Ian Herman (drums and percussion), and Steve Newman (acoustic guitar). First recorded by the independent label Shifty Records, Tananas later signed with Gallo. The band combined jazz, Mozambican salsa, and township jive (or mbaqanga). They released eight albums, the last two on the Sony label.

Tananas built a loyal following in their home country since the late 1980s and performed at WOMAD festivals around the world. They worked individually or as a band with Paul Simon and Sting, and have shared a stage with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Suzanne Vega, and Youssou N'dour. The band broke up in 1993 but reunited for some performances until Gito Baloi was shot dead in Johannesburg on April 4, 2004 while on his way home from a concert in Pretoria.

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released September 13, 1996

Steve Newman and Ian Herman with special guests: Gloria Bosman, Nico Carstens, Pedro Espi-Sanchis, Marjan Vonk, Paul Hanmer, Robbie Jansen, Noise Khanyile, Khaya Mahlangu, Vusi Mahlasela, Sibusiso Victor Masondo, Kelly Petlane, Peter Sklair, and Fana Zulu

Recorded by Peter Pearlson.
Produced by Ian Herman and Steve Newman with Peter Pearlson
Recorded at Downtown Studios in Johannesburg, South Africa.

(P) and (C) 1996 Gallo Record Company (a division of Gallo Music Investments)

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Tananas (pronounced tuh-naa-nuhs) was a South African band formed in 1987. Originally it consisted of Mozambican Gito Baloi (bass and vocals), Ian Herman (drums and percussion) and Steve Newman (acoustic guitar). First recorded by the independent label Shifty Records, Tananas later signed with Gallo. The band combined jazz, Mozambican salsa and township jive (or mbaqanga). ... more

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