Monoswezi is a quintet with musicians from Mozambique, Norway, Sweden and Zimbabwe, based on traditional African music in addition to some music written by Hallvard, Putte and Erik. With a strong improvisational approach. With a common passion for traditional African music in general, and music from the Shona people of Zimbabwe in particular, Monoswezi seeks a musical expression, where respect for tradition is combined with different references and experiences from modern Western music.
Very often, the Shona music will be accompanied by dancing and participation by the audience. In Shona music, there is little distinction between the performer and the audience, both are often actively involved in the music-making, and both are important in the religious ceremonies where Shona Music is often heard. Musicians are a known as people who share more than people who perform.
The musicians in Monoswezi are also involved in bands like Sidiki Camara Band, Ola Kvernberg Trio, Lekverk, Fattigfolket, Erik Nylander Orkester, Peloton, and Tore Brunborg Trio. Hallvard, Putte and Erik has also had a longer stays in Mozambique, Ghana and Gambia and have been playing with a variety of musicians there.
Nqoblie Valentine Khoza – percusion, mbira, marimba, voice.
Xavier Samito Tembe – percusion, voice.
Hallvard Godal – saxophone, clarinet.
Putte Johander – bass.
Erik Nylander – drums og percusion