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Insingizi: Voices of Southern Africa

Ingoma
Amasango
Ibele Lendlela
Jerusalem
Isqoqodo
Nanziwe
Ngizobambelela
Isiqholo
Mama
Ungangidluli Jesu
Yint'enjani
Uthando Lukajesu
Siyabonga
Uzoyidela
Ko Bulawayo
Vinqo
Mbonqane Groove

"Mbube" music, regarded as dating back in Zulu tradition to King Shaka, was originally royal music to be sung to honor the Zulu King by his male supporters. The style-a rich a cappella male choral approach usually sung in Zulu, appeared in the early 20th century as "Ingoni Ebusuku," meaning "night music." Popular with Zulu and Swazi laborers, in the early 1940s one of the Ingoni Ebusuku groups recorded a song called "Mbube" (the lion), which became a model for the international hit "Wimoweh" (the Lion Sleeps Tonight), and since then this type of music has become known as Mbube. The three talented men of Insingizi, Vusa, Nqo and Ramadu, have deep Mbube roots and performing experience, and they have created a special, powerful collection of 17 songs here. The rhythmic gem "Amasango," the gospel-based "Jerusalem," "Ungangidluli Jesu" and "Siyabonga," the complex "Isiqholo" and "Mama," and "Uzoyidela" are favorites. Beautiful, extensive liner notes. Authentic, wonderful "night music" from Insingizi.

Item code: 9883C | 1 CD | $14.98 |add item to cart
World  | A Cappella | Male | Africa
EUCD1855

Related: African Choral Music
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