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Mwendo Dawa

SUSANNA LINDEBORG'S MWENDO DAWA is always an adventure listening to. They were a bit of pioneers when the group was formed in the 70th when it came to combining expression of Jazz and traditional instruments together with the possibilities given by new instruments of the time. And they still are. Apart from most others fascinated by the same possibilities at the time. Musically MWENDO DAWA is now working with improvisation in serial technique with electro acoustical backgrounds but with a strong rythmical approach. The group is still now, 30 years later, as much pioneers as ever before. MWENDO DAWA is updated on all frontiers, the musical vision is still there but has changed and grown not only together with technological progress. The question rises if not MWENDO DAWA is better than ever before. MWENDO DAWA has since the start been succesfully touring in 26 countries in Europe,North and South America, Asia performing at Jazzfestivals like Montreux, Northsea and Montreal. The music is composed by Susanna Lindeborg and Ove Johansson but with contribution also from the bass player Jimmi Roger Pedersen and drummer David Sundby. Mwendo Dawa has also during the years been a nursery for several well known Swedish musicians like bass players Anders Jormin and Lars Danielsson and guitar player Ulf Wakenius.

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"Keyboard innovator Susanna Lindeborg and tenor saxophonist/EWI player Ove Johansson have presented Sweden’s answer to Weather Report with their daring electro-acoustic quartet Mwendo Dawa. Here they step further into theavant-garde realm than ever before." Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

"Swedish improvisational quartet Mwendo Dawa maps out broad landscapes of stark beauty, roams the streets of cold, robotic cities and plows through oppressive, overgrown jungles of sound." Forrest Dylan Bryant, JazzTimes

”The average jazz listener should not be put off that Susanna Lindeborg’s Mwendo Dawa is avant-garde jazz. It is true the sounds created by this Swedish quartet go well beyond traditional conceptions of melody and harmony, however this is a very accessible recording. For those listeners who enjoy avant-garde sounds, time sign certainly will be full of welcome sounds. The recording would be an excellent addition to any jazz aficionado’s CD collection.” Craig W. Hurst, Jazzreview

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