Zambian singer's debut album impresses

Nov 19, 2014, 07:26 PM

Shiwezwa is the debut album from singer-songwriter Namvula Rennie, and it's causing some excitement. Born in Zambia of mixed Zambian-Scottish parents, Namvula means 'mother of rain.' Her great-great-great grandmother, after whom she was named, was a priestess of rain and the album's title, Shiwezwa, the Zambian village that she came from. Although Shiwezwa references Zambian folk music, it is also fused with urban music and elements of Scottish folk, jazz and Latin. A Sunday Times review said Shiwezwa is a contender for debut album of the year, and The Guardian called her a true original. Namvula has been talking to BBC Africa's Jenny Horrocks.