Fingers fumbling forward firteen (sic) brings us to Machanic Manyeruke and the Puritans with their eponymous album release in Zimbabwe in 1986 and in the UK on the Cooking Vinyl label in 1989. This CD got quite a bit of airplay at the time of release in the usual places because of its bright, vibrant sound. What is usual about the music is that it is Christian gospel music, sung in the shona language – though Wikipedia informs us that Gospel music is a major genre in Zimbabwe.
The track that I am posting is Zvandaiva Mutadzi Zvangu (I used to be a sinner). The album liner notes tell us that: “This song explains how Peter the disciple heard the voice of Jesus calling him for his service and he followed. A song which touches Machanic’s heart so much.” Other songs on the album are When the saints go marching in, I am happy, Jonah and the Whale, God is good etc.
I am not a Christian, indeed I am not religious at all, but I find that this album, like so much good spiritually inspired art, is joyous and genuinely uplifting.
Postscript: On finishing this post, I learnt that this is the first Zimbabwean track that I have posted. I almost cannot believe it. If the Lucky Thirteens don’t throw up a Thomas Mapfumo or Oliver Mtukudzi track soon I’ll have to temporarily terminate the Thirteen theme.