10 August 2006

Zim-centric MP3 Site Launches

Zimbabwean music fans will have another online resource starting tomorrow. I haven't signed up, but Zimaudio offers 99 cent song downloads from Zimbabwe musicians, with high-quality mp3 song previews (sample).

Started in 2001 as a personal project, Zimaudio.com has become purely because of the love of music. Aimed at becoming the biggest database of Zimbabwean music and artists past, present and future it will also serve as a means of distribution of this music to the world. Another vision is to be the most useful reference and educational resource about latest news, views, genres, interviews, and artist information in Zimbabwe and the neighbouring regions.

Their catalog feels a little thin at present. One of the two Oliver Mtukudzi albums listed has no tracks for preview or download. It is promising, however, that these two Tuku CDs are not among the albums offered on Calabash-powered spintheglobemusic.net. This suggests that Zimaudio may make a nice complement to that more established world music store, perhaps providing more Zim music that hasn't been widely released outside Zimbabwe.

You may have to wait a while for Zimaudio to live up to its full promise, however. Several of the artist pages I checked (including Forward Kwenda, Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe Cha Cha Kings, and Chiwoniso Maraire) had a bio, but no music available.

Check out the site for yourself at www.zimaudio.com
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