In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
African music is one of the first types that come to mind when you think of world music, especially in a cappella. Whether Gospel, Freedom songs or love songs, all of it is celebratory; African choirs and groups have an ability to convey joy and happiness that is unique and beautiful. If you like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, you'll love listening to these albums. Some of the groups here were inspired by Ladysmith, while others served as inspiration FOR Ladysmith!
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Review: This CD, celebrating 10 years of the African Children's Choir, contains songs ranging from gospel (Highway to Heaven) to traditional African (Bafirisuti) and even American pop (From A Distance). The English songs have piano accompaniment, while the festive African music is accompanied by traditional drumming. Most of the songs are sacred and bring a message of peace. Created as a stepping stone to give children a better life, this retrospective is a testament to the benefit of the choir. This exuberant group of children will delight you.
Songlist: Highway to Heaven, It's a Small World, Bafirisuti, Through it All, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Motto Imewaka, Reach Out and Touch, O Sifuni Mungo, Shine Jesus Shine, Parapanda, Seed to Sow, Soon and Very Soon, Blessed be the Name, Amazing, Natamaba, From a Distance, Chinywa, Drummer Boy, Bed of Straw, Jesus is the Answer, Let There Be Peace, He's Got the Whole World
Review: The 10th recording by one of our favorite children's choirs, the African Children's Choir joins the Flemish Radio Orchestra for this collection of 10 accompanied songs. The traditional African song "Muije Bantuwe" segues into "I'll Be Here for You" and the lovely prayer "Earnestly;" and the gentle "Because You Loved Me" sits perfectly between the rhythmic, dramatic "Jigo Lo Ba" and "Kiga Dance." The powerful "Shadowland," "Mother Africa" and the traditional anthem "Nkosi Sikele" close the album perfectly, leaving us touched and moved by the voices of these beautiful children.
Songlist: Muije Bantuwe, I'll Be Here For You, Earnestly, Jigo Lo Ba, Because You Loved Me, Kiga Dance, Love Without End, Shadowland, Mother Africa, Nkosi Sikele
Review: Friends in the West International, sponsors of East Africa's African Outreach Academy, have a new CD by the African Children's Choir, and a new Christmas musical (which we are encouraged to perform in our communities to raise money for African children), The First African Christmas, songs from which are the first 8 tunes: the reggae-flavored "Message for Africa," "God's promise from long ago," "The Wise Men rap, " "The gifts," "Shepherd's carol," "Philip's song," "Gift for the King," and the music from "Gift for you to sing." Following are 6 more Christmas tunes, the a cappella "Betelehemu," "Go tell it on the mountain," "Have you any room for Jesus?", "Bed of straw", "Drummer boy" and "Silent Night." Most songs are accompanied. New energy and spirit for a timeless story from a talented Choir.
Songlist: Message for Africa, God's promise form long ago, The Wise Men rap, The Gifts, Shepherd's carol, Philip's song, Gift for the King, Christmas Celebration Songs:, Betelehmu, Go tell it on the mountain, Have you any room for Jesus?, Bed of Straw, Drummer Boy, Silent Night
Review: We love the pictures of these beautiful African children, the story behind the group's formationby Ray Barnett, and all the good the group's success has accomplished. "Because" is the fourth CD in our catalog, and we like them all. All accompanied, the emphasis remains on the bright, spirited voices of the children. 12 mostly Christian/spiritual songs: "Lord Be Magnified," "Shine, Jesus, Shine," "Seed To Sow," "How Good It Is," the title tune, the traditional spiritual "Steal Away," "Reach Out/Lean On Me," "Betelehemu," "From A Distance," "Take Up Your Cross," "Highway To Heaven" and "O Happy Day." A feel-good CD from start to finish!
Songlist: Lord Be Magnified, Shine Jesus Shine, Seed to Sow, How Good It Is, Because You Loved Me, Steal Away , Reach Out / Lean On Me, Betelehemu, From A Distance, Take Up Your Cross, Highway To Heaven, O Happy Day
Review: For 20 years, the African Children's Choir has astounded audiences everywhere with not only their beautiful sounds and moving stories but with the power and energy that accompanies each song. This recording is no exception. Filled with lively praise songs and gospel tunes, Devotion, lets this chorus shine. While all the performances are great, the simple traditional African songs accompanied by drums are truly highlights of this CD. For fans of the African Children's Choir, Devotion is a must have.
Songlist: Lord I Lift Your Name On High/How Good It Is, Teach Me To Dance, When I Was Lost, Here I am To Worship, Nothing But The Blood of Jesus, Inyi Watoto, You Are The Shepherd, Lord of All Creation, Silka Nze Nkubulile, Come Now Is The Time to Worship, Cast All Your Burdens/In My Life Lord, As The Deer Pants, Wamilele, Amazing Grace, Shout to the Lord, My Jesus, My Savior
Review: It's a heartwarming story, Ray Barnett's trip to Uganda to try to do something about the thousands of orphans dying of starvation in a bloody civil war. Much prayer and help from church groups later, the first ACC was selected and brought back to the US. Thus the world got to see actual beautiful, bright, singing African children, which in turn has led to thousands being helped and saved. In "Village" we are delighted by the smiling voices of these remarkable children on 25 lightly accompanied traditional African folk songs, and African-American spirituals. Traditional African songs like "Parapanda," "Abataka," "Jabulani Africa," "Mujje," "Ensi Zonna," "Bolingo" and "Kinakyo" blend well with songs in English like "From a Distance," "It Takes A Whole Village," "Because You Loved Me," "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" and "Seed to Sow." In case we haven't been clear, we'll just come out and say it: this is a feel-good CD, from the buying of it (which supports the ACC's good work), to the reading about these kids on the liner notes, to listening to every cut of this wonderful music!
Songlist: Parapanda, Abataka, Jabulani Africa, Natamaba, It Takes A Whole Village, Mujje, Ensi Zonna, From A Distance, Kamuwe Ekirabo, O Happy Day, Bolingo, Kinakyo, O Sifuni Mungu, Ndyahimbisa, Eggulu Lyajjula Ettendo, Because You Loved Me, Betelehemu, Chwinywa, Seed to Sow, Let There Be Peace, Generation Song, Nagirira
Review: It was 1984 and Ray Barnett heard a news report from Africa that told of how thousands of orphans were dying in a bloody civil war in Uganda. Sickened by the images of famine and tragedy, Ray formed the African Children's Choir to show the world how bright and beautiful African children are. Money was raised from churches to go to Uganda, select and bring out the first ACC. Each year a new group is selected, while the former members go back to Africa to receive care and a good education. This CD is from a live concert on January 14th, 2000, which marked the 15th anniversary of the Choir and once again highlighted the joy, enthusiasm, energy and optimism of this remarkable group of children. There are colorful, fold-out liner notes that have exuberant pictures of these beautiful, smiling-as-they-sing children to go with the celebration on the CD. 19 songs, most lightly accompanied by a small orchestra of keyboards, bass, guitar, drums, horns, flute and oboe. These are largely traditional spirituals and gospel songs, joyfully and beautifully sung: "Walking in the Light," "Full the River," "Mwiji Mwena," "He is my Light"...each is a little rhythmic anthem. "This Little Light of Mine" sums up the concert, as the ACC truly lets it shine!
Songlist: Walking in the Light, Full the River, Mwiji Mwena, He is my Light, Highway to Heaven, Crouch Medley, He's the Way, If we ever, Carnival, Earnestly, Noimusanyu, This Little Light of Mine, Standing for Heaven, Testify, Reach Out and Touch, Holy Ground, He's Got the Whole World, Little on the Road, O Happy Day
Review: "Windows On The World" is a dynamic new musical, featuring an international cast, and the voices of Jodi Benson, the African Children's Choir and guests from around the globe. 13 songs, all accompanied: "He Is My Light," "Driftin'," the sweet ballad "Good News," "O Most High," "Journey Home (Song for the East)," "Standing for Heaven," "Let the Little Children Come," "How Good It Is," "You Are The Shepherd," "Hallelujah," "The Lord's Prayer," "There Is Hope" and "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands." The brightly-clad young ACC sing as brightly and spiritually as they look in the colorful liner notes. Joyous and inspirational!
Songlist: He Is My Light, Driftin, Good News, O Most High, Journey Home (Song for the East), Standing for Heaven, Let the Little Children Come, How Good it Is, You Are the Shepherd, Hallelujah, The Lord's Prayer, There Is Hope, He's Got the Whole World In His Hands
Review: Handpick singers from a number of South African choirs, put the excellent Mara Louw out in front as the lead, take a number of hymns they all know from church, as well as the South African national anthem, and you have the ingredients for this excellent disc. Unlike so many hymns, these are performed with great, roaring joy (arranged for the most part by Louw) and recorded--as it should be--in a church. But unlike, say, American or Jamaican gospel, there`s a sense of unity, rather than testifying; the voices embrace this music, but they sing it as it is, rather than using it as a lift-off point to testify. The harmonies might have their written roots in Europe, but the voices singing them are ineffably African, bringing something different to the sound. There`s a sense of control about it all, even when a speaking voice breaks in on `Jerusalem Ikhaya Lam,` for instance, or on the rare occasions when some very spare percussion accompanies the a cappella voices. It`s majestic, but that`s the intent, a nexus between Europe and Africa, meeting in Christianity. That`s even there on the by-now famous `Nkosi Sikelel`i Afrika,` the country`s very hymn-like national anthem, performed here as the closer, full-voiced and glorious, sung with unconcealed pride and joy.
Songlist: Hee! Ba Nyoriloeng, Siya Kudumisa Thixo, Ha Kelestshe - Kele Mobe, Kenang Bohle, Kese Ke Utloile, Imfazwe Imfazwe, Amahlathi Aphelile, Mphe Maleme Ase Kete / Vuthelani Ixilongo, Jerusalem Ikhaya Lam, Masibulele Ku Jesu, Bawo Ndingu Mntwana Wakho, Seteng Sediba Samadi, Rea Oboka Morena, Wakrazulwa Ngenxa Yami, Noyana, Ingoma Ka Ntsikana, Nkosi Sikelel'i Afrika
Review: Armed with a rucksack and a stereo tape recorder, David Fanshawe began a symbolic, now legendary, cross-shaped journey through Africa from 1969 to 1972, succeeding in recording music from well over 50 tribes. "Sanctus" is a highly original work in which very different cultures have been imaginatively and ingeniously fused, with the composer's love of the world, hope for the future and belief in one music--one God. There are 16 songs, with various kinds of accompaniment, from drums and percussion, lead and bass guitar and piano to organ, harp and trumpets. This is one of the most spirited, energetic CDs we have ever heard, as if the African veldt suddenly sprouted an Italian cathedral. For instance, "Crucifixus: Rain Song" combines driving drums, rain sounds, strange native percussion instruments, a soaring choral soprano solo, electric guitar, massed chorus and piano. One of our favorites, "Sanctus: Bwala Dance, Lamentation" combines chorus with powerful rhythmic drums, piano, sound effects and native voices. Other favorites are "Chants: Cattle Songs," and "The Lord's Prayer." A wonderful new composition by the composer, "Dona Nobis Pacem-A Hymn for World Peace" is included, in both short and long versions. A stunning masterwork! Recommended.
Songlist: African Sanctus, Kyrie: Call to Prayer, Gloria: Bride of the Nile, Credo: Sudanese Dances & Recitations, Love Song: Piano Solo, Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Crucifixus: Rain Song, Sanctus: Bwala Dance, Lamentation, The Lord's Prayer, Chants: Cattle Songs, Agnus Dei: War Drums, Call to Prayer: Kyrie, Finale & Gloria, Dona Nobis Pacem - A Hymn for World Peace, Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dona Nobis Pacem (short version)
Review: "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.
Songlist: Ingoma, Amasango, Ibele Lendlela, Jerusalem, Isqoqodo, Nanziwe, Ngizobambelela, Isiqholo, Mama, Ungangidluli Jesu, Yint'enjani , Uthando Lukajesu, Siyabonga, Uzoyidela , Ko Bulawayo, Vinqo, Mbonqane Groove
Review: Following the amazing worldwide success of their first album, the Zimbabwean vocal group Insingizi present fourteen new songs, a cappella or accompanied with African drums, clapping and whistles. "After the success of the first album we were faced with a challenge to produce a CD that would have an even greater impact" says group leader Vusa Mkhaya Ndlovu. "The songs on the new CD are a mixture of our own compositions as well as traditional songs that changed our music sense, such as "Londolozela" and the hard-hitting war song, "Lamlela ndwandwe". The other compositions were inspired by life in the townships and they reflect the day to day life in modern day Zimbabwe." From the aforementioned war song to the funeral song "Amagugu", to the traditional wedding songs "Londolozela" and "Umendo", sung by jubilant families at traditional wedding ceremonies, the album highlights the different moods mbube music is capable of heralding. Insingizi's music is filled with hope, optimism and faith. Wherever they go, the purity of their vocal interplay is overwhelmingly beautiful, the lyric is ultimately hopeful, and the inherent tone of their message is true to their spiritual beliefs.
Songlist: Amathalenta, Amagugu, Ngazengayibona, Halala, Lamelela Ndwandwe, Ukubekezela, Sekuseduze, Mtshumayeli, Kungemithandazo, Amisiko, Londolozela, Umendo, Ukuhlabelela, Sizomdumisa
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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)
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?)
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
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
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?)
Review: By 1959, Miriam Makeba was a star in her homeland of South Africa for her singing, first with the Manhattan Brothers, her own group, the Skylarks, who sang a mix of jazz and folk music, touring the country with Alf Herbert's African Jazz & Variety show and finally as the lead in a jazz opera, King Kong. At the height of her popularity she went to Europe and met Harry Belafonte who convinced her to come to the U.S. In New York she played the big venues of the folk scare era and became nationally known after her appearances on the Steve Allen show. She had two huge hits, "The Click Song" and "Pata Pata." Always a woman of conscience she testified before the U.N. about apartheid and was banned from her homeland for more than thirty years. Sangoma is a tribute to her mother who was a traditional mystical healer, a sangoma. On this beautiful recording, each song was created by multi-tracking Miriam's voice to create a choir and then adding touches of percussion, additional vocalists, and occasionally keyboards. The results are an audio experience of the spirit of Africa.
Songlist: emabhaceni, baxabene oxamu, ngalala phantsi, ihoyiya, kulo nyaka, baya jabula, mabhongo, ingwemabala, mosadi ku rima, angilalanga, ungakanani, ngiya khueka, nyankwabe, sabumoya, congo, nginani na , umam' uyajabula, nyamuthla, icala
Review: Muungano has been aptly described as "Emissaries of Kenyan Culture," and has just completed a remarkable third tour of the US. The 30-strong, mixed-voice Choir creates a powerful, rhythmic, infectious sound with sweet, powerful solos. Some light percussion accompaniment, but the emphasis is on these amazing voices and harmonies. 13 songs, some favorites are the title tune, "Maina," "Wanamichezo," "Malaika," "Niwaro Nono," "Bhazo" (a South African freedom song), "Selena," "Msichana Mrembo," and "Sikuta," but there's really not a weak or uninteresting cut here. The authentic rhythms and joyful singing flow like an African river throughout "Mateso!"
Songlist: Mateso, Maina, Musher Mwene, Wanamichesos, Bwana Kote Ninakotazama, Malaika, Niwara nono, Bhazo, Ekebwe, Selina, Ngulo, Msichana Mrembo, Sikuta, Mateso (Reprise)
Review: A fascinating collection of songs of the indigenous music of Xhosa communities of South Africa. The ensemble have become well known in Africa over the years and have toured the Middle East and Europe. The Ngqoko Cultural Group has established a reputation as guardians of the rural Xhosa culture, maintaining the survival and presence of indigenous South African music.
Songlist: Chants Avec Harmoniques Umngqokolo, Inzanzadi, Irobahane , Nondel' Ekhaya , Chants Pour la Danse Umtshotsho: Nontyolo , Ikomani , Ngqishani, Ndabaleka , Calebasse Uhadi: Inzembula , Yabafana des Jeunes Gens: Ingudiuma , Masiwele , Unonkolonga , Sokubendiphinde , Nozlile , Nondel' Ekhaya, Nomkangaye , Chants de Devins: Unonyangela , Sendigoduka , Ithamsanqa , Usomagqaza , Umagungqel' Indaqa, Mguwe I'udal'inyakanyaka , Umagungqwl'indawo , Uyise Ka Thobeka , Imbongi , Wavel' Usontonjane , Unongabe
By the Rivers of Babylon
Review: South Africa's 26-strong, mixed-voice Soweto Gospel Choir draws their talented singers from the churches and communities around Soweto. Their exuberant sound is a blend of traditional music rooted in song and percussion, combined with the influence of 19th century missionary music, called African Gospel. The Choir continually tours the world to standing ovations and sold-out concerts, and has performed with artists from Bono, Peter Gabriel and Queen to Diana Ross, Jimmy Cliff and Johnny Clegg. They are famous for their bright costumes and spirited live performances, and for their fundraisers to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. 18 songs, some accompanied, are here. Traditional tunes "Setend Sediba," "Ke Na Le Modisa," "Izwi Lahlab'Inhiziyo Yami," "Africa," "Sefapano," "Modimo," "Somlandela" and "Shosholoza" are very fine, as is "Avulekile Amasango/Bob Marley's "One Love" medley, Bono's "One," Dylan's "I'll Remember You" and "Forever Young," and "Sitting in Limbo/This Little Light of Mine/M'Lilo Vutha Mathanjeni/If You Ever Needed the Lord" medley. Every cut on "Spirit" is a joy, as is looking at the pictures of these beautiful, powerful singers!
Songlist: Seteng Sediba, Avulekile Amasango/One Love, I'll Remember You, Ke Na le Modisa, Akahlulwa Lutho, Sitting in Limbo/This Little Light of Mine/M'Lilo Vutha Mathanjeni, Izwi Lahlab'inhiziyo Yami, Africa, One, Hlohonolofatsa, Hosanna, Sefapano, By the Rivers of Babylon, Modimo, Balm of Gilead, Forever Young, Somlandela, Shosholoza, World in Union
Review: Soweto Gospel Choir is the most successful and exciting vocal group to emerge from South Africa Since Ladysmith Black Mambazo. "Blessed", a follow up to their number 1 Billboard World Charts debut album "Voices From Heaven," takes their irresistible blend of traditional South African music, gospel and inspirational pop one step further. With some awe-inspiring South African hymns and great versions of such classics as "Oh Happy Day," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," and "Khumbaya." The Soweto Gospel Choir with their intricate harmonies and soulful singing will beckon all to reclaim their spirit.
Songlist: Shewane, Asimbonanga/Biko, Jiko Yahao, A Place In Heaven, Njalo, I Bid You Goodnight, LeLilungelo Ngelakho, Oh Happy Day, Noyana, Masigiyae'bo, Swing Down, Weeping, Thapelo, Woza Meli Wami, Mbube, Tshepa Thapelo, Khumbaya, South African National Anthem
Review: On its fifth album for Shanachie, the Soweto Gospel Choir expands its musical reach outside its homeland and even the church, and in turn offers musical examples of the various meanings of the word "grace." On this 19-track collection, the group sticks close to its traditions on most songs, writing and performing original ones, as well as interpreting many traditional ones in their unique way in six of South Africa's official languages. In addition, they reach into the secular world with a radical reinterpretation of Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" that lends the song a far deeper, wider-ranging shade of meaning.
Songlist: Kae Le Kae, Emarabini, Mangisondele Nkosi Yam, Eli, O'Nkosi Yam, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Muphulusi, Ndikhokhele, Put Your Hand Medley, Umoya We Nkosi, Ngahlulele, Voices On the Wind, Ingoma, Oh! It is Jesus, Prayer for South Africa, Jerusalem, Ave Maria, Calvary, Grace
Review: This multitalented group has exploded onto the world music scene, wowing audiences with its virtuosity and passion. Drawn primarily from the churches and communities of South Africa's most famous township, the choir mixes earthy rhythms, rich harmonies, drumming, dancing, and irrepressible charisma for an experience that lifts the soul and stuns the senses. Filmed live in concert on their Australian tour, they sing a blend of traditional gospel and contemporary standards in English as well as some of the 10 other official languages of South Africa. Constantly in motion and dressed in vibrantly colored robes and textiles, with one superb soloist after another taking the lead, they offer up such highlights as "Asimbonanga," Jonny Clegg's tribute to Nelson Mandela; Peter Gabriel's "Biko"; "Mbube," the South African song that became "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"; the traditional ballad "I Bid You Goodnight"; Bob Marley's classic "One Love"; and Nkosi Sikelel'iAfrika, the South African National Anthem.
Songlist: Jesu Ngowtthu, Seteng Sediba, Izwi Lahlab Inhliziyo Yami, Ke Na Le Modisa, Ziyamazi'umelusi, One Love, River Jordan, This Little Light of Mine, If You Ever Needed The Lord, Kammatia, I'll Remember You, Jerusalem, Woza Moyam, Hakeleje, Table Music, Woza Meli Wami, Amazing Grace, Bayete, World in Union, Sisazoyivuma Le Ngoma
Review: The 25 mixed-voice Soweto Gospel Choir draws on the best talent from many churches and communities in and around Soweto, and is truly an "all-star" Gospel ensemble. Like Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the SGC has strong roots in traditional music and celebrates the vitality of South Africa with its powerful spiritual message. They've achieved breakthrough success in Europe (two sold-out shows at London's Royal Festival Hall!), Africa and Australia, and their sellout runs in 2003 and 2004 were the surprise hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. "Voices" is the SGC's debut recording, and it includes an irresistible mix of traditional South African secular and gospel songs, American gospel material such as "Amazing Grace," and stirring inspirational tunes such as "Many Rivers to Cross," sung in English as well as Zulu. Some tracks are breathtaking a cappella, while others are upbeat tracks with instrumental backing. A massive tour of the US is accompanying the launch of "Voices" in early 2005, most notably Carnegie Hall in NYC, Sanders Theatre in Boston and the Robert Frost Center in Atlanta. "Voices" is an impressive, powerful, joyous debut CD for the Soweto Gospel Choir!
Songlist: Jikela Emaweni, Vuma, Thina Simnqobile, Zanele, Paradise Road, Ahuna Ya Yswanag Le Jesu/Kammatia, Many Rivers to Cross/Going Down Jordan/Amen (Medley), Amazing Grace, Thula Baba, Sikulandile, Malaika, Hlanganani, Bayete, Jerusalem, Holy City/Bayete (Medley), African Dream
Review: This CD is a collection of colourful music from South Africa. A number of tracks are religious in nature and are sung in multi-part harmony with heartfelt spiritual feeling and intensity. The musical styles presented here include Mbube, Zulu gospel, South Sotho choral and Tswana gospel, all representing different choral approaches and arrangements.
Songlist: Newcastle Five Roses, Ivangeli Loxolo, The Mighty Hot African Boys, Ntu Bhekani Brosthers, Bakgethoa Ba Morena, Enista, The Agents, S.D. Church Choir, New Castle Five Roses, Amahlokohloko, Enista, Ntu Bhekani Brothers, The Mighty Hot African Boys, Ivangeli Loxolo, The Agents
Review: This recording is a historical wonder, particularly valuable for putting the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo in context. One of the obvious distinctions of mbube groups were who sang soprano parts in the absence of women. The earliest of the recordings is from 1932 and the history extends to 1967, ending with the song, "Umama Lo" by Ladysmith Mambazo which is a transcription of their first radio appearance. They didn't record their first album until six years later. The other most notable recording is the 1939 recording of "Mbube" by Solomon Linda's Original Evening Birds. This was the song which became "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" when western artists tried to phonetically recreate what they heard from the record. Oh well. Other notable groups are the King Star Brothers, Crocodiles and the Shooting Stars.
Songlist: Jim Takata kanfani, hewul kwaqaqamba anathambo, ina ma wala, kuyekeleni kukule, mbube, ngazula emagumeni, anoku gonda, yek' emerabini, izindaba ezinkulu zika "Kawa", hamba stutubaker, ngi-e kaya, nsigoduke, akasangibhaleli, cothoza mfana, mus' ukuqubuda, umama lo
Review: Gospel music in Southern Africa came about through a fascinating synthesis of religious music brought to Africa by missionaries, and traditional African music styles. The majority of South Africans today are Christians. Apart from the recognised international denominations, there are thousands of colourful African Independent Churches. Every Sunday, in every town and village, different services are being held, and they are accompanied by music... a simple choir, a band with solo singers, some drums... a myriad of styles and languages Congregants can be seen under trees, on hills, from Johannesburg to Cape Town. And today, you will hear many influences from American gospel to contemporary pop, as well as the original African roots.This selection presents some of the best of South African gospel today. The ZCC (Zion Christian Church) is the largest independent Christian Church in South Africa, numbering well over 4 million adherents. Their music is little heard, and we are privileged to have some ZCC tracks here. Steve Kekana is a pop icon in South Africa, here singing a gospel song. Other artists have been widely supported by the large South African gospel buying market, while the Soweto Gospel Choir has achieved amazing international recognition. Music styles range from South African pop, through traditional accompanied styles of hymn and gospel singing, to a cappella choir. This is joyful music, spiritually uplifting and colourful in the African way.
Songlist: Mangingena - Solly Mthiya, Ofanaye - Paul Gwala, Amahlati - Soweto Gospel Choir, Hosanna Hosanna - Matlakala And The Comforters, Jesus Is Waiting - Youth In Action, Mphogo - African Youth Band, Emisang Go Loana Ditekiseng - Masole A Tumelo, Kubo Bonke - Youth In Action, Lukhangela Kuwe - Solly Mthiya, Talk About Jesus - Sammy Malete, Ilanga Nenyanga - Youth In Action, Uma Ilanga Liyo Shona - Soweto Gospel Choir, Tarashishi - Steve Kekana, Wenjenje u Thixo - Youth In Action, Pelo Letshalaba - Pelo Mele Moya , Mmelo Pelo Le Moya - Oleseng
Review: Here are the roots of Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Solomon Linda's Evening Birds - it's a thorough documentation of the whole genre of Worker Choirs, featuring 7 different groups; included are full lyric transcriptions with translation into English. Fascinating fun stuff!
Songlist: Go Girl, Why are you Happy?, She no Longer Writes to Me, I Have Discovered Wonders, I Want Money, Come Back Africa?, Greetings Girl, Be Quiet my Love, You are Inconsistent like a Witchdoctor, Here at iSandlwana, We Shall See, Lion, Greetings to you Father
Review: Rich, rhythmic vocal harmonies and spiritual joy flow like water from 10-man a cappella Gospel ensemble Zambian Vocal Collection. Their innocent, almost childlike spirit shines on every one of the 11 cuts on "Change Your Heart," from covers like the traditional "Gloryland Way" and "When With The Savior," to strong originals like Noah Mwanza's "Jump and Roll" and 6 tunes by Sandy D. Simonde, the title tune, "Run to the One who got Life," "Ndamupedza Bwendzi" (I found a Friend), "He Is My God," "Jesus Is The Answer" and "Rejoice!" There are quotes and photos of these beautiful, spiritual men in the colorful liner notes, which have all the lyrics and translations. An inspirational winner!
Songlist: Gloryland Way , Jump And Roll, Change Your Heart, Run to the One Who Got Life, Ndamupedza Bwendzi, He is My God, Baba Ntumeni (Lord, Send Me), Jesus is the Answer, When With The Savior, Rejoice!, You are My Friend
Review: "Yesu Nafyalwa" is a tasty Christmas collection by two amazing all-male Gospel a cappella ensembles, 8-man Zambian Vocal Group and 12 man Zambian Vocal Collection. Each group sings 5 rhythmic gems, strong originals like Daniel Mwanza's spirited title tune, Jason Banda's soaring "New Born King," and nicely arranged covers of "Angels We Have Heard On High," "Silent Night," "Away In A Manger," "Go Tell It On The Mountain" and "Owenseko" (Joy to the World) that are as beautifully and harmoniously sung as we have ever heard them. Listen to "Tamani Mphamvu ya Yesu" (Praise to Jesus), the rousing Spirituals "When Was Jesus Born" and "Good News," and try to keep yourself from moving-or being moved. Treat yourself and your loved ones to "Yesu Nafyalwa!"
Songlist: Angels We Have Heard on High, Yesu Nafyalwa (Jesus Is Born), New Born King, Silent Night, Tamani Mhamvu Ya Yesu (Praise to Jesus), When Was Jesus Born, Good News, Away in a Manger, Go Tell it on the Mountain, Owenseko (Joy to the World)
Review: Come and See is a mixture of traditional African, American gospel and original songs by James Mbewe. Compared to earlier recordings, this album has a much more relaxed sound. Though the songs are strictly a cappella minus the usual percussion, the beautiful singing is still present. "Kumbayah" and "Lesa ekachema wandi" are especially nice. This six member version of the Zambian Vocal Group continues to preserve their heritage through song.
Songlist: Tuke 'ngilamo Shani, Give Me Love, God's Love, Thank You, Lord, If You Give Your Life to Jesus, Chiyembekezo Changachi, Jesus Knocks on Your Door, My Jesus I Love Thee, I Believe You, I Wanna Be Like You, Who is the Lord of Your Life
Review: The jubilant sounds from Zambian Acappella pour forth on from Africa with Love. On this CD the group sings many American spirituals and African sacred songs. In addition to their great singing, the group also accompanies themselves with percussion. "Thulalia Lele" is especially enjoyable. These pieces, arranged by Daniel Mwanza, will have you dancing along.
Songlist: Thulalila Lele, Siyahamba, Soon and Very Soon, Standing Upon the Mountain, Ndipo Ambuye Yesu, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Nkabalondelanga ba Yesu, Jesus Loves Me Even, Hallelujah Amen, The Lord is My Light
Review: Another excellent release from this fine vocal ensemble.
Songlist: Tuke 'ngilamo Shani, Give Me Love, God's Love, Thank You, Lord, If You Give Your Life to Jesus, Chiyembekezo Changachi, Jesus Knocks on Your Door, My Jesus I Love Thee, I Believe You, I Wanna Be Like You, Who is the Lord of Your Life
Review: The young men of ZVG bring us a joyful, moving Gospel collection of 11 songs, four of them, "Give Me Love" and "God's Love," "Jesus Knocks On Your Door" and "Who Is The Lord Of Your Life," written by producer Daniel Mwanza. Formed in 1997, the Zambian Vocal Group tours regularly in the United States and are wonderful musical ambassadors for Zambia. It's hard to pick favorites, beside the aforementioned four, among this sweet, soulful a cappella collection of 11 tunes, but we'll try: "Tuke 'ngilamo Shani," "Thank You Lord," the rhythmic gem "If You Give Your Life To Jesus," "I Believe You," and "I Wanna Be Like You." Outstanding and highly recommended!
Songlist: Make A Difference, Into the World (Ndeya Muchalo), I've Been Changed, Let's Thank Yahweh (Tubalemye Ba Yahweh), I Do, Glorious Day (Chidzakhala Cokondweretsa), Sing To the Lord, Heart of the Lord (Mtima Wa Mbuye Wanga), I Life My Eyes, Down At the Cross (Pamtanda Mbuye), Amazing Grace
He Gave Her Water
Review: All-male Gospel a cappella octet the Zambian Vocal Group brings us a yummy collection of 12 uplifting tunes with rich, butter-smooth harmonies. Hailing from a community called Kalingalinga, "Reach Out" was recorded by Daniel Mwanza at ZVG Home Studio in Tyler, TX. Especially lovely are originals by group member James Mbewe, the title tune, "Chidzakhala Chokondwelesta," "Kulidzido M'Mwamba" and the sweetly rhythmic "Jalula Mulyango." Also wonderful are the spirited "Shut De Door," a cover of the hymn "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," and "Thank You Very Much" features the endearing lyric, "Thank you, thank you very much, you are the Savior with a spiritual touch." The rhythmic traditional tune "He Gave Her Water" and "Robe and Crown" are other favorites. Inspirational, feel-good, toe-tapping music, from the first cut to the last!
Songlist: Intro to Reach Out, Reach Out, Ambuye Yesu, Shut De Door, Chidzakhala Chokondwelesta, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, Thank You Very Much, Intro to Jalula Mulyango, Jalula Mulyango, He Gave Her Water, Kulidziko M'mwamba, Robe and Crown
Review: We have given rave reviews to other releases by a cappella Gospel ensemble Zambian Vocal Collection, now grown to 12 men strong, and "There Is A Way" is no exception. The beautiful full-color liner notes tell us this quote from the group: "as we sing our desire is to make a difference for the Lord," and that loving and thankful spirit is there in every one of these 13 cuts. Originals like the title tune by Kennedy Pupe, Gloria Gather's wonderful "Because He Lives," Rex Nelon's joyous "Robe and Crown," Martin and Aswell's "God Almighty," and Wilson, Chripine and Aswell's "In This World;" and covers of the marvelous "It Is Well With My Soul," "Ndinali Kutali" and "I Want Jesus to Walk with Me" are all outstanding. To treat yourself to rich, sweet music, inspiration, joy, and praise: "There Is A Way!"
Songlist: Udzimvere Weka, There is a Way, Because He Lives, Robe and Crown, Ikuti Ndaeya, It is Well with My Soul, Ndinali Kutali, I am Standing on a Mountain, Kalelo, God Almighty, In This World, I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, Zambian National Anthem
Review: Music of the Nile is the companion source album to African Sanctus. This album contains the pure, original African field recordings on their own, without the composed settings of the Latin Mass. Features some of the glorious ethnic music of Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, recorded between 1969-75. Some of the most energetic and exciting recordings of African traditions including full versions of all the original ethnic music used in African Sanctus, from Uganda, Egypt, Sudan and Kenya. Bwala Dance, Call to Prayer, Cattle boy's song, Dingy Dingy dance, Song of lamentation, Ritual burial dance plus many more important African recordings both musical and environmental, of the authentic sounds of the great waterway - the river Nile.
Songlist: Welcome Bwala Dance, Muezzin Call To Prayer, River Of The Pharaohs, Egyptian Wedding Luxor, Water Well Song, Abu Simbel Temple, Prophet's Song, Islamic Prayer School, Camel Drivers' Songs, Reed Pipe & Grass Cutting Song, Darfur Courtship Dances, Four Men On A Prayer Mat, Zebaidir Song, Hadandua Love Song & Bells, Shilluk Coronation Fashoda, Paddle Steamer Of The Sudd, Frogs & Zande Song Of Flight, Tamboura Song Liri, Edongo Dance Arua, Kabalega Falls, Busoga Falls Fisherman, Teso Fisherman, Bowed Harp, Acholi Enanga, Dingi Dingi Dance, Rain Song Of Latigo Oteng, Bunyoro Xylophone Madinda, Royal Acholi Bwala Dance, Samia Rowing Chant, Song Of Lamentation, Song Of The River, Karamoja Children's Song, Turkana Cattle Song, Masailand Milking Song, Luo Ritual Burial Dance, Aluar Horns
Review: This is an impressive two-CD set of some of the finest a cappella groups in Africa, including Ladysmith, Baswa Ba Tumelo (South African Zionist Church Choir), Zyac Choir (Zulu Church group), Maogane A Tumelo (N. Sotho Zion Church choir), Majalefa A Morena (South Sotho Choir), and ten others, including the Zulu a cappella group The King Star Brothers. There are 30 authentic tunes here, 15 on each side, sung by groups that are, individually, and collectively, the heart and soul of Africa. This is an important collection on many levels, and enjoyable for the listener fairly new to African music as well as to say, a Ladysmith fan who wants to hear some of the lesser-known, but often equally amazing, voices from Africa.
Songlist: Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Isigcino, Baswa Ba Tumelo - Mmele Pelo Le Moya, Zyac Choir - Ujesu Uyinkosi, Msogane A Tumelo - Orata Boetapele, Majalefa A Morena - Sengiyezwa, Simon Ngobeni Na Vatsonga Sisters - Masasani, Ngxalothi No Masevela - Uyadela, Church of Christ - Ngangiboshiwe, Amanxusa Ka Jesu - Ujesu Yedwa Nje, Zamo No Senta - Igobondela, Isabelo - Isithembiso, Laduma - Mehleng, Ntu Bhekani Brothers - Igazi, Masibuyele Kujehova Choir - E Getsemane, The King Star Brothers - Kwapminda Kwenzeka, Abafana Beseluleko - Ubani Ongasebenze Usathane, Isithembiso - Ubothandaza, Ubuhle Bezi Ntombi - Kushothina, Pietersberg Top Ten - Mmapule, Amahlokoloko - Ningakhali, Dilika - Abafana Bedilik, Genesisi Endlu Nkulu - Dwala Lami, MzikayifaniButhelezi - Ungizondelani, Pat Mabasa Na Shikange Sisters - Jelasi, Ivangelani Loxolo - Izwi Legazi, Izingame Zoma - Giyamthakatmi, Amaduduzo/Ronnie Bodibe - Intombi, Derrick Ndzimande - Vus'umoya Wami, Johnny Dimba - Baleka Tshwala
O mmu beno mmu
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, Umon' usuk' esweni, Sizobalanda, This Is the Way We Do, Iphel' emasini, Asekhon' amatshitshi, Hlala nami, Prince of Peace, Iphel' emasini (Nature Effects)
Review: 15 moving songs from South Africa arranged for four-part voices, complete with a foreword, musical instructions, illustrations and commentary.
Songlist: Freedom Is Coming, Asikhatali, Gabi, Gabi, Ipharadisi, Singabahambayo, Siph' amandla, Akanamandla, Bamthatha, Vula Botha, Shumayela, Nkosi, Nkosi, Siyahamba, Haleluya! Pelo Tsa Rona, Thuma Mina, We Shall Not Give Up The Fight