Ghorwane, 1993

In the hot and dusty Gaza Province of Mozambique there is a small lake called Ghorwane that never runs dry, even in the hottest season.

In 1983, a group of young musicians from this area took on the name Ghorwane as they launched their musical career. Ghorwane deliberately chose to base their music on traditional Mozambican rhythms while avoiding the idea of a folkloric ensemble.

Their songs are noted for their political and social criticism, which has put the band at odds with the government from time to time. The injection of life they shot into the stagnant music scene, and their subsequent success, have inspired other bands to take the same route.


  • ..the album’s title track, which refers to a fashion style, is equipped with the kind of captivating guitar lilt that would put much Western dance music to shame. New Internationalist (1993) (UK)
  • ..a melancholy hybrid of jazz... ... and local rhythms that...emotes a special warmth and closeness, especially from the trumpet/sax horn section. Rhythms (1994) (UK)
  • ...subdued percussion, mild-mannered guitar, smooth vocals and delightfully floating saxophone. Folk Roots (1993) (UK)
  • ...The best African release of the month... seems a minor miracle that music this good should be produced in a country battered by civil war... The Guardian (1993) (UK)
  • Bewitching slow-lope rhythms courtesy of Mozambique. October 1993 Rouge (USA)