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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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For over forty years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of theirnative South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. Their musical efforts over the past four decades have garnered praise and accolades within the recording industry, but also solidified their identity as a cultural force to be reckoned with.

Assembled in the early 1960s, in Durban South Africa, by Joseph Shabalala (still currently leading the group) - then a young farmboy turned factory worker -Joseph took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ladysmith being the name of Shabalala's rural hometown; Black being a reference to oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo being the Zulu word for axe, a symbol of the group's ability to "chop down" any singing rival who might challenge them. Their collective voices were so tight and their harmonies so polished that they were eventually banned from competitions - although they were welcomed to participate strictly as entertainers.

The group's path had a specific direction: "To bring this gospel of loving one another all over the world," Joseph says. However, he's quick to point out that the message is not specific to any one religious orientation. "Without hearing the lyrics, this music gets into the blood, because it comes from the blood," he says. "It evokes enthusiasm and excitement, regardless of what you follow spiritually."

A radio broadcast in 1970 opened the door to their first record contract - the beginning of an ambitious discography that currently includes more than fifty recordings. Their philosophy in the studio was - and continues to be - just as much about preservation of musical heritage as it is about entertainment. The group borrows heavily from a traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa, where black workers were taken by rail to work far away from their homes and their families. Poorly housed and paid worse, the mine workers would entertain themselves after a six-day week by singing songs into the wee hours on Sunday morning. When the miners returned to the homelands, this musical tradition returned with them.

In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated Black Mambazo's rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his Graceland album - a landmark 1986 recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences. "Graceland" one many awards including the Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year. A year later, Simon produced Black Mambazo's first U.S. release, Shaka Zulu, which won the Grammy Award, in 1988,for Best Traditional Folk Album. Since then, and in total, the group has received fifteen Grammy Award Nominations and three Grammy Award wins, including one in 2009.

In addition to their work with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with numerous artists from around the world, including Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban,Dolly Parton, Ben Harper and many others. Their 2006 CD, "Long Walk To Freedom" had guest singers join them, such as Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal and others. Their film work includes an appearance in Michael Jackson's Moonwalker video and Spike Lee's Do It A Cappella.They provided soundtrack material for Disney's The Lion King, Part II as well as Eddie Murphy's Coming To America, Clint Eastwood's Invictus, Marlon Brando's A Dry White Season, Sean Connery's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen andJames Earl Jones' Cry The Beloved Country. A film documentary titled On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom, the story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was nominated for an Academy Award. The group is also well known for its Life Savers candy commercials as well as adverts with Heinz Beans. Their performance with Paul Simon on Sesame Street is legendary and is one of the top three requested Sesame Street segments in history.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been invited to perform at many special occasions. By special invitation from South African President Nelson Mandela, they performed for the Queen of England and the Royal Family at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The group has also performed at two Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies, a concert for Pope John Paul II in Rome, the South African Presidential inaugurations, the 1996 Summer Olympics and many other special events. In the summer of 2002, Black Mambazo was again asked to represent their nation in London at a celebration for Queen Elizabeth's 50th Anniversary as Monarch. They shared the stage with Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker and Phil Collins.

Just when one think the group should be slowing down they are entering what should be the busiest years of their career since "Graceland." They have six new recording projects they are readying for release, a new concert DVD and a Children's project. They have long wished to release a trilogy of CD's that sing of their life experiences in South Africa called "Our South African Life." Volume one, coming out January, 2011 is "Songs From A Zulu Farm." This wonderful recording is important to the group members because the older members of the group were born and raised on the farms outside of Ladysmith. It is a collection of original and traditional songs that sing of life on the farm. This release will coincide with a world tour that brings them to the USA in early 2011, Europe in May-June 2011 and other places to be announced later in the year.

No, time is not slowing down for the group. As Joseph Shabalala says, "We are teachers. We travel the world spreading our message of Peace, Love and Harmony. What could be better or more important than that."

Discography

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo : African Sun : 00  2 CDs :  : 096741380228 : 55986

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : African Sun

Review: African vocal collective Ladysmith Black Mambazo is known all over the world for their characteristic style of choral singing. Their music captures the uplifting soul of the South African people, as the singers harmonize on songs of the spirit, love for the homeland and the struggles they have encountered. This two disc set features a collection of favorites from the band. Included is their collaboration with Paul Simon "Homeless," "Long Walk to Freedom," "Rain, Rain Beautiful Rain," "Because I Love" and a stirring rendition of "Amazing Grace." Most of the songs feature the vocal talents of the band without accompaniment.

Songlist: Homeless, Music Knows No Boundaries, Wimoweh Mbube, Amazing Grace, Black Is Beautiful, Kangivumanga, Wenyukela Raise Your Spirit, Liph' Iqiniso, Long Walk to Freedom , Sisesiqhingini , This Is the Way We Do, Rain, Because I Love, Dlondlobala Njalo , Love Your Neighbor, Ngingenwe Emoyen, Nkosi Yami Ngabusiswa, Wawusho Kubani?, O Mmu Beno Mmu, Dona Nobis Pacem, Hello My Baby, Lelilungelo Elakho, Sanctus (Heilig, Selingelethu Sonke

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2684c | 00 2 CDs | $15.95 African Choral Music


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : And Friends : 00  2 CDs :  : 793018331128 : RAZ83311.2

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : And Friends

Review: Since their earliest days in the 1960's, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has shared the studio and stage with scores of artists from around the world, representing just about every possible musical genre. The South African a cappela gospel ensemble's appearance on Paul Simon's landmark Graceland album is probably the most widely-recognized of the group's cross-cultural collaborations, but Simon's 1986 Grammywinning recording is merely the tip of a much larger iceberg. Over the years, the group has demonstrated its melodic, harmonic and rhythmic versatility in recordings with an array of artists representing folk, rock, pop, soul, country, classical, hip-hop and world music. In each case, they have taken the work of a great artist and made it even better. The group has assembled a two-disc set of recordings that capture Ladysmith Black Mambazo s reach across the cultural divide and joining hands with musicians from around the globe.

Songlist: Knocking On Heaven's Door, Weeping, Homeless, Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes, Shosholoza, World In Union, Passage To Promise, Amazing Grace/Nearer My God To Thee, Chain Gang, Rain Rain Beautiful Rain, Jabulani (Rejoice), Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Bread of Heaven, Dlondlobala Njalo, Homeless, Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes, Hello My Baby, People Get Ready, Abezizwe (Uniting Nations Together), Paradise Road, One Blood, Oh Happy Day, River of Dreams, Mbube, I'll Take You There, Inkanyezi Nezazi, Sohlabelela Hosana, Angimboni Ofana Naye, Mamizolo

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2089c | 00 2 CDs | $16.95 | A Cappella African Choral Music


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Raise Your Spirit Higher : 00  1 CD :  : HUSA 3083

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Raise Your Spirit Higher

Review: The thirteen brand new tracks (first release of new material since 1977) on "Raise Your Spirit Higher - Wenyukela" reiterate the message that has transcended Black Mambazo's music since the group's earliest days. Survivors of the apartheid movement that divided South Africa for generations, the group widens their scope on this record and addresses many of the same kinds of struggles and cultural clashes that persist around the world. In English, the word Wenyukela means "raise your spirit higher," but the language of Shabalala's stirring and richly layered vocal compositions is universal. Raise Your Spirit Higher-Wenyukela is Black Mambazo's message of hope and unity to a troubled world.

Songlist: Wenyukela (Raise Your Spirit Higher), Uqinisil' Ubada (Lord Is the Light and Truth), Selingelethu Sonke , Wangibambezela (Message from His Heart), Wenza Ngani? (How Did You Do That?), Udidekil' Umhlaba (Lord's Work), Iyahlonipha Lengane, Wamlul' Umshado (Beautiful Wedding), Because I Love , Black Is Beautiful, Music Knows No Boundaries, Fak' Ibhande (Don't Drink and Drive), Tribute

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9827c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella African Choral Music


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Journey Of Dreams : 00  1 CD :  : 25753

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Journey Of Dreams

Review: Journey of Dreams began in the late 1950's in Joseph Shabalala's dreams. Joseph writes. "This Journey of Dreams began a long time ago, while I was still a young boy on the farm and children would come to my dreams and sing to me. Now that we have made this record working with Russ Titelman and blessed by Paul Simon's guidance, I feel the dreams are now living inside the music as never before. For the first time I have made the music on record exactly as my dreams would tell me and for this I am grateful. Because the world listens now and that means the Journey of Dreams goes on and on." You can experience that dream with this baker's dozen songs which are, all but one, sung in Zulu. That one is the finale, "Amazing Grace" arranged and sung with Paul Simon. Don't miss the dream!

Songlist: Umusa Kankulunkulu (Mercy of God), Lindelani (Get Ready), Ukhalangami (You Cry for Me), Bavinbindlela (The Stumbling Block), Bhasobha (Watch), Nomakanhani (Dark or Blue), Hamba Dompasi (No More Passbook), Ungayoni Into Enhle (Destroy Not This Beauty), Ampahiko Okundiza (Wings to Fly), Wayibambezela (Don't Waste Her Time), Ungakhohlwa (Don't Forget), Ibhubesi (The Lion Song), Amazing Grace

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9117c | 00 1 CD | $11.95 African Choral Music


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Songs From a Zulu Farm

Review: "Songs from a Zulu Farm" is the 16th excellent album by Ladysmith, in addition to 4 live performance DVDs. These nine Zulu men, led by leader/founder Joseph Shabalala, are one of our favorite African Choral groups of all time; and their hythmic mbube songs made them famous throughout Africa long before Paul Simon was captivated by their music and wrote and recorded with them. Several of their albums, notably "Gift of the Tortoise" and "How The Leopard Got His Spots" with Danny Glover, are directed at children, and so is "Songs from a Zulu Farm." Since their earliest recordings, the men of Ladysmith have maintained a reverence for their past, a time of youth and innocence, when the world consisted of the hills and open fields of their parents' farms in Zululand. The English translations of these 16 song titles tells the story: "Away, You River Snakes," "Bad Donkey," "Don't Leave Home Too Soon," "River Talk," "Clouds, Move Away!," "The Prettiest Bird?," "The Donkey's Complaint," "Catch The Bird," "Praise the Cows and Bulls," "Wake Up, Little Chicks," "I Miss My Home, I Miss the Farm" and "Old MacDonald, Zulu Style." The hypnotic rhythms, the joyous harmonies, all make us want to accept LBM's invitation to come home with them, a home that nurtured and taught these exceptional singers. Colorful and extensive liner notes, and the music, throughout, complete with animal and other sound effects, is beautiful and touching!

Songlist: Yangiluma Inkukhu (the Biting Chicken), Zulu Laduma (Voices Like Thunder), Imithi Gobakahle (Children Come Home), Cabhayeye (Puddles!), Ntulube (Away, You River Snakes), Wemfana (Bad Donkey), Ekhaya (Don't Leave Home Too Soon), Wemfazi Ongaphesheya (River Talk), Leliyafu (Clouds, Move Away!), Uthekwane (the Prettiest Bird?), Imbongolo (the Donkey's Complaint), Ixegezi (Catch the Bird), Lezonkomo (Praise the Cows & Bulls), Vuku (Wake Up Little Chicks), Thalaza (I Miss My Home, I Miss My Farm), Old Macdonald... Zulu Style

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6055c | 00 1 CD | $13.95 | A Cappella African Choral Music


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live! : DVD :  : HUP7149DVD

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live!

Review: For more than three decades, the story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been just as much about physicality and choreography as it has been about brilliant vocal harmonies. For this GRAMMY winning a cappella group that merges South African music and dance traditions with a Christian messages of compassion, love and global harmony, the music alone is only half the story. Simply put, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has to be seen to be understood. Catch a visual glimpse of these icons of South African music and dance with Live! Recorded in Akron, Ohio, in 2008, the set captures not only fourteen songs performed on the stage of EJ Thomas Hall at the University of Akron, but also forty minutes of in-depth interviews with founder, leader and musical director Joseph Shabalala and other members of the group.

Songlist: Nomathemba, This Is The Way We Do ("Ekuhlupekeri"), Long Walk To Freedom ("Halala South Africa"), Hello My Baby, Nginethemba, Thulanhliziyo, Makoti, Rain Rain Beautiful Rain, Homeless, Wentomb' unecala, Shosholoza, Amazing Grace/ Nearer My God To Thee

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9921d | DVD | $19.95 | A Cappella Performance DVDs


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Ilembe - Honoring Shaka Zulu    onsale

Review: In the late 1700s, the Zulus were an obscure tribe of less than 2000 South African natives, ruled by a petty chief and seemingly doomed to eventual extinction. But when one charismatic and cunning young warrior, Shaka Zulu, emerged from this small, disorganized clan, the path of South African history changed forever. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has conquered nations in its own way with a joyous and spiritually charged brand of vocal music and native choreography, pays tribute to this historical icon with their latest release. The album title translates to "The Greatest Warrior," and either directly or indirectly, each of the tracks speaks to Shaka's rare combination of attributes and how they resonate in contemporary society - not just for South Africans, but for the world in general.

Songlist: O mmu beno mmu, Kuyafundw' osizini (Ilembe), Vela nsizwa, Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love), Umon' usuk' esweni, Sizobalanda, This Is the Way We Do, Iphel' emasini, Asekhon' amatshitshi, Hlala nami, Prince of Peace, Iphel' emasini (Nature Effects)

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9922c | 00 SACD | $17.95 ON SALE $5.95 | A Cappella


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Long Walk To Freedom : 00  1 CD :  : 3109.2

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Long Walk To Freedom

Review: In 1986 Paul Simon's groundbreaking "Graceland" introduced the musical genius and boundless spiritual energy of Ladysmith to the world. Eight years later, thanks in large part to Ladysmith and other South African artists bearing witness, apartheid ended in South Africa. Celebrating the 20th year of their ascendancy to the world stage and the dawn of Democracy, "Long Walk" is a collection of 12 of LBM's greatest hits, performed by the group with guest performances by some of the most progressive voices in the pop music scene, Melissa Etheridge and Joe McBride ("Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes"), Sarah McLachlan ("Homeless"), Natalie Merchant ("Rain Rain Beautiful Rain""), Emmylou Harris ("Amazing Grace," "Nearer My God to Thee"), Taj Mahal ("Mbube"), and Zap Mama ("Hello My Baby"). Also on the guest roster are a who's who of South African artists: Lucky Dube, Hugh Masekela, Nokukhanya, Thandiswa and others, who join to sing the wonderful "Shosholoza." Founder, Leader and Musical Director Joseph Shabalala leads 7-man Ladysmith in this sumptuous rhythmic celebration. "How Long," the title tune ("Halala South Africa") and bonus track "Thula Thula" by Ladysmith alone are all very fine. "Long Walk" is a gift to lovers of Ladysmith, powerful a cappella and freedom, just as Ladysmith has been a gift to us all!

Songlist: Nomathemba, Hello My Baby, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes, Homeless, Rain Rain Beautiful Rain, How Long, Mbube, Amazing Grace/Nearer My God To Thee, Nkosi Sikelel 'lAfrica, Shosholoza, Inkanyezi Nezazi "Star And The Wiseman", Thula Thula

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9877c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella Performance DVDs


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : No Boundaries : 00  1 CD :  : 3092

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : No Boundaries

Review: "No Boundaries" is a rare treat, combining the talents of legendary Ladysmith with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by by Finnish pianist and composer Ralf Gothoni, with most arrangements by Swedish composer Isak Roux. 12 songs, some of our favorites were written by Ladysmith's Joseph Shabalala, the powerful "Jabulani-Rejoice," "Homeless," Awu Wemadoda," "Ngingenwe Emoyeni" (Wind of the Spirit of God), and "Lifikile Ivangeli." Other favorites are the Paul Simon and Shabalala-arranged "Amazing Grace," the playful Roux arrangement of "Dona Nobis Pacem," the moving "Umzuzu Nayi Ujesu," Schubert's "Sanctus," Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus" and Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" are given a rhythmic, African flavor, and the Roux-arranged "Walil' Umtwana" (The Child is Crying) is a beautiful finish to a joyful cross-cultural collaboration of musical talent! Gorgeous, colorful liner notes.

Songlist: Jabulani - Rejoice, Homeless, Awu Wemadoda, Amazing Grace, Dona Nobis Pacem, Ngingenwe Emoyeni, Umzuzu Nayi Ujesu, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Sanctus, Ave Verum Corpus, Lifikile Ivangeli, Walil' umtwana (The Child is Crying)

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9863c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Accompanied


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live at Montreux  : DVD :  : EGVS39097DVD

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live at Montreux

Review: South Africa has had many musical ambassadors, but surely none as distinctive as Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Though their name translates as "the Black Axe of Ladysmith," this unique vocal group from the province of Natal are both gentle and persuasive in style. And their music has become one of the jewels in the crown of both country and continent. The Music Of Ladysmith Black Mambazo reflects the needs of migrant workers to make their own entertainment, hence the theatrical aspect to their shows. Already popular in their native South Africa, they were brought to a worldwide audience through their collaboration with Paul Simon on his classic "Graceland" album. The group has played Montreux on three occasions, and all performances are compiled on this DVD, including many of their best loved tracks such as "King of Kings," "Hello My Baby," and "Homeless." Founded in 1967, the Montreux Jazz Festival has established itself as one of the most prestigious annual music events in the world. The extraordinary list of artists who have played there is drawn from across the musical spectrum and from around the world. Now, with the consent of the festival and the artitists, these concerts are finally available on DVD for the first time.

Songlist: Wangibambezela, Hello My Baby, King Of Kings, Wena Othanda Abantu, Amazing Grace, Yibo Labafana, Kwathatha, Homeless, Nkosi Sikelela, Nomathemba, Yinhle Lentimbi, Homeless, Nomathemba, Hello My Baby, Homeless

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9875d | DVD | $17.98 Performance DVDs


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : On Tip Toe : DVD :  : NWVG9624DVD

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : On Tip Toe

Review: If you love world music, or more specifically, the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, you are sure to love this academy award nominated documentary. Directed by Eric Simonson and spanning three continents, ON TIP TOE follows the captivating story of South African musician Joseph Shabalala and his unique singing ensemble. Best known on these shores for their innovative support on Paul Simon's Grammy-winning album, Graceland, Mambazo has crafted an extraordinary hybrid of traditional Zulu harmonies and unconventional Western influences, including gospel, ragtime, doo wop and even rock 'n roll. Made up of seven bass voices, a tenor, a male alto and Shabalala as lead vocalist, Mambazo amazingly incorporates the light, syncopated stomping of "Isicathamiya"(meaning "on tip toe"), a style born theough the strains of apartheid. This entertaining and informative documentary traces the fascinating origins of Shabalala's tuneful creations, featuring interviews with Paul Simon and extensive live footage of Mambazo's performances.

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9843d | DVD | $19.95 | A Cappella Movies with vocal groups


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : The Warner Brothers Collection : 00  1 CD :  : 79986

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : The Warner Brothers Collection

Review: With their vibrant rhythms and joyful voices, with their appearances with Paul Simon, with their career spanning over 40 albums, and with the international respect and acclaim Ladysmith Black Mambazo has enjoyed, we hardly feel the need to encourage you to own it. Sung in the native languages of South Africa, the honest feeling and repetitive mantra of Ladysmith's music speaks for itself, drawing us in and captivating us. In 1987 Paul Simon introduced Ladysmith to Warner Bros., and this 17-song collection is the best of their 3 years there. Included is the song "Homeless" with Paul Simon. The songs "stretch from South Africa to America to Heaven!"

Songlist: Homeless w/ Paul Simon, Unomathemba, Hello My Baby, King Of Kings, How Long?, Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain, Wawusho Kubani? (Who Were You Talking Too?), Hamba Dompasi (No More Passbook), Ungayoni Into Enhle (Destroy Not This Beauty), Ungakhohlwa (Don't Forget), Ibhubesi (The Lion Song), Township Jive, Love Your Neighbor, Leaning On the Everlasting Arm w/ The Winans, Hayi Ngalesiskhathi (Not Right Now), Cothoza Mfana (Tip Toes Guy), Amazing Grace w/ Paul Simon

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6514c | 00 1 CD | $11.95 | A Cappella African Choral Music


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : How The Leopard Got His Spots : 00  1 CD :  : 0715

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : How The Leopard Got His Spots

Review: Another winner in the Rabbit Ears series, combining the finest musicians, in this case Ladysmith; with the powerful voices of star actors and actresses, in this case Danny Glover; to re-tell a classic children's story aimed at the whole family. In other words, they went for the highest quality on all fronts, and it shows. "How the Leopard," of course, takes place in Africa, and Ladysmith's music almost defines the sound of Africa. Glover's gravelly voice holds our attention on every word. A classic story, presented with some of the most powerful vocals on the planet (both sung and spoken)-it adds up to a winner. And the dozens of awards, from Grammys to Parent's Choice, only tell us what we already know!

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9107c | 00 1 CD | $12.98 | A Cappella Kids Music


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live At The Royal Albert Hall : 00  1 CD :  : Shan 66023

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Review: The first live recording, captured from their sold-out appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall. The South-African Ladysmith has an international reputation, acting as informal ambassadors of musical goodwill. Though we were unable to listen to this CD prior to publication, we know it contains many of the group's most popular songs, including "Homeless," written by Paul Simon. We can be sure that Ladysmith's performance will be a joyous event.

Songlist: Introduction, Vulani Amasango (Open the Gates), Ngamthola, Hello My Baby, Abadala, King of Kings, Wena Othanda, Indanyezi Nezazi (Star and the Wiseman), Ngothandaza Njalo (I Will Keep on Praying), Rain Rain Beautiful Rain, Phansi Emigodini (Deep Down in the Mines), Homeless

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9736c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live At The Royal Albert Hall : DVD :  : DV-108

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live At The Royal Albert Hall

Review: The first live recording, captured from their sold-out appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall. The South-African Ladysmith has an international reputation, acting as informal ambassadors of musical goodwill. Though we were unable to listen to this CD prior to publication, we know it contains many of the group's most popular songs, including "Homeless," written by Paul Simon. We can be sure that Ladysmith's performance will be a joyous event.

Songlist: Introduction, Vulani Amasango (Open the Gates), Ngamthola, Hello My Baby, Abadala, King of Kings, Wena Othanda, Indanyezi Nezazi (Star and the Wiseman), Ngothandaza Njalo (I Will Keep on Praying), Rain Rain Beautiful Rain, Phansi Emigodini (Deep Down in the Mines), Homeless, Ladysmith in Los Angeles

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6905d | DVD | $24.98 | A Cappella Performance DVDs


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Best Of Ladysmith Vol 2 : 00  1 CD :  : 66012

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Best Of Ladysmith Vol 2

Review: Anyone familiar with the group's history knows the immense respect the group has garnered through a career spanning over forty albums. Though their appearances with Paul Simon raised their profile significantly, their vibrant rhythms and joyful voices have been attracting international audiences for many years prior. Sung in the native languages of South Africa, this in fact adds to the enjoyment of the record, as one is drawn in and captivated by the repetitive mantra of the sounds themselves, and the honest feeling that they express.

Songlist: uligugu lami, nkosi yami ngabusiswa, limnandi evangeli, igazi lemihlatshelo, woza emthonjeni, ngingahlanzwa ngani na, homeless, ujesu wami, vuka jona sithandaze, ulwandle oluncgwele, uzube nami baba, we. njliziyo yami, zintombi, mangosuthu, siyawadinga amandla, khayelihle khaya lami

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9118c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella African Choral Music


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Heavenly : 00  1 CD :  : 64098

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Heavenly

Review: Ladysmith crosses cultural boundaries more than ever before to bring their musical message to a wider audience. The lineup of musicians who with whom they work is fabulous. The album begins with one of the most complex pieces of music imaginable from Joseph who admits that his music is very difficult to sing. Dolly Parton leads "Knockin' On Heavens Door." "O Happy Day" and "Take My Hand Precious Lord" features vocalist Betty Griffin. Phoebe Snow is lead singer on "People Get Ready." Bill Champlin does the lead vocal on "River Of Dreams." You'll find Lou Rawls in lead on "Chain Gang" and Hana "Coyote" Motijoane sings lead on "I'll Take You There." Among these instrumentally accompanied guest appearances which explore American gospel and R&B are an equal number of Ladysmith familiars. It's wonderful how many artists seek to share the message of hope and joy with Ladysmith Black Mambazo!

Songlist: Yitho umlilo ovuthayo, Knockin' on Heavens Door, Oh Happy Day, People Get Ready, Take My Hand, Precious Lord, Sohlabelelu Hosana, I'll Take You There, Rain, Rain Beautiful Rain, River of Dreams, Jesus Is My Leader, Chain Gang, He Showed Me His Hands, Ilungelo ngelakho

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9116c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 African Choral Music


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Thuthukani Ngoxolo : 00  1 CD :  : 64064

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Thuthukani Ngoxolo

Review: Did you know that Ladysmith Black Mambazo is Nelson Mandella's favorite musical group? When he was released from jail, he publicly wondered where Joseph Shabalala was. He described Joseph as our pillar, our ambassador. Thus it was that Ladysmith, whose music never took sides but shared a love for all, accompanied Nelson Mandella to Sweden in 1993 where he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize and they performed in celebration. They were at his side six months later as he was inaugurated president of South Africa. Thuthukani Ngoxolo means let's develop in peace. There could be no more fitting title for a recording (which was nominated for a Grammy) with this historical context. Some of the translated song titles are, "With God Everything Is Possible," "Why Aren't You Happy?," "What Goes Around Comes Around" and "Let's Sit Down And Negotiate."

Songlist: kangivumanga (I disagreed), sisesiqhingini (everything is so stupid), wawukhqna yini e new york (were you in new york?), kumahala yini ukuhlonipha? (nothing is paid for respect), izinto ziyavuma ("a" distinction), lalel' izwi kujehova (surely goodness & mercy shall follow me), akehlulek'ubaba (with god everything is possible), # hlanganani siyobula (the guests are arriving), kawujabulingani? ( why aren't you happy?), isondo liyajika (what goes around comes around), ayihlale phansi (let's sit down & negotiable), umunt' onjani? (what kind of person are you?)

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9115c | 00 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella African Choral Music


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Gift of the Tortoise : 00  1 CD :  : 42553

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Gift of the Tortoise

Review: This release from Ladysmith takes the entire family on an enchanting musical journey trough the rich and wondrous land of the Zulu people. The combination of great music and lively introductions in English delights children and adults alike.

Songlist: Introduction, Kanje Kanje, Rain Chant, There Come Our Mothers, Nomyekelo, Finger Dance, Thekwane, Vulani Ringi Ring, Boy Who Turned Into a Cat, Paparam Vingo, Shabala, Two Shellent, Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight), Peace Be With You

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9100c | 00 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella Kids Music


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Best of Ladysmith Vol 1 : 00  1 CD :  : 43098

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Best of Ladysmith Vol 1

Review: The intricate and beautiful style of South African harmony singing, known as mbube, was brought to the world by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This CD is a compilation of the first twenty years of their work. These a cappella songs are sung in Zulu with two in English. Selections include "Izithembiso Zenkosi," "That's Why I Choose You," "Ungikhumbule" and "Induku Zethu." This dynamic group always amazes with its breathtakingly gorgeous harmonies.

Songlist: Izithembiso zenkosi, Kubi ukungalaleli, Uphi Umhlobo, yimani, silgugu isiphambano, limnandi izulu, ayanqikaza amagwala, that's why i choose you, isimanga salomhlaba, ungikjumbule, amafutha esibane, udla nge'nduku zabanye, lifikile ivangeli, pauline, induku zethu, isono sami sentombi

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Classic Tracks : 00  1 CD :  : 43074

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Classic Tracks

Review: By the time Ladysmith Black Mambazo became known in the United States they had recorded twenty or so albums in South Africa on the Gallo label. Many of them had gone gold. Only a few of those earlier recordings have been released here since they began their recording for the U.S. market with Shaka Zulu. In 1990 Shanachie compiled this wonderful disc of tracks taken from Ladysmith's Gallo discography which had been originally released in South Africa. These are some of the songs which made mbube songs famous through out Africa long before they were heard by a U.S. audience, except for small audiences of eclectic non-commercial radio stations. This is the sound that captivated Paul Simon and stimulated his desire to work with them.

Songlist: lonyaka, uphi umhlobo, isimanga salomhlaba, limnandi evangeli, uligugu lami, uma ngingena esontweni, intando ka thix, amafutha esibane, khwishi khwishi, ujesu wami, hamba angikhathali, nxa ebizwa amagama, bamnqobile, nansi imali

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9101c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella African Choral Music


Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Shaka Zulu : 00  1 CD :  : 25582

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Shaka Zulu

Review: As Joseph Shabalala said when he was talking about recording Shaka Zulu, "Umcolo uthokozisa abadabukileyo." This means, "singing makes all the sad people happy because it is the voice of happiness." It also means that he was overjoyed to have been able to record his first U.S. release which was produced by his good friend, Paul Simon. It was 1987, and after recording twenty five records in Africa his musical message was finally becoming international. That message was, and is today, take pride in your heritage, create joy in your life and embrace all people. The strength of the message and the beauty of its musical transmission was reason for Shaka Zulu being awarded a Grammy in 1987 for Best Traditional Folk Recording. It also marks the beginning of Joseph's habit of writing some songs in English in order to make his music more accessible to our very different culture. This is a great recording for introducing new listeners to Ladysmith's music.

Songlist: Unomathemba, Hello My Baby, Golgotha, King of Kings, Lomhlaba Kawunoni (The Earth Never Gets Fat), How Long?, Ikhaya Lamaqhawe (Home of the Heroes), Yibo Labo (These Are the Guys), Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain, Wawusho Kubani? (Who Were You Talking To?)

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9114c | 00 1 CD | $11.95 | A Cappella African Choral Music


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