This eight-man ensemble from Mozambique has been working since 1996, methodically building its following in southern Africa and Europe.

This eight-man ensemble from Mozambique has been working since 1996, methodically building its following in southern Africa and Europe. Several band members write tunes, though Roberto Isaias seems to be the principal lyricist. Sound-wise, Kapa Dech creates polished Afropop grooves that are enhanced by elements of reggae, township jazz, mbaqanga, and R&B. Throughout, fortunately, the group has not lost touch with traditional forms. In synthesizing its influences, Kapa Dech has emerged with a style of music that is more measured than frantic. Its tunes are groove-oriented, and mid-tempo is a favorite slot. As is often the case with African songwriters, social, political, and cultural concerns are predominant in the song lyrics. Special tracks include "Timale," "Kudzi Malaissane," and "I Came to Be Yours." Distributed by Harmonia Mundi.—PVV