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Third World Child
Johnny Clegg
Third World Child
Genres: World Music, Pop
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All Artists: Johnny Clegg
Title: Third World Child
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Capitol
Original Release Date: 1/1/1987
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Album Type: Original recording reissued
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 077774677820, 0077774677851, 077774677813, 077774677844, 077774677851, 762185147429, 762185176245

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Reviewed on 3/23/2013...
Infectious dance rhythms with sometimes serious lyrics that make you think while you groove. Can't stop dancing to this one!

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Pure energy, with a classic thrown in.
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Lady Smith meets Martha & the Vandellas... The power of the traditional chant is infused with Johnny Clegg's energetic take on Rock n' Roll. And the whole goes way beyond the sum of the parts.'Great Heart' is the most inspiring song I know, and one I keep whistling at odd moments; spiritual uplift with a 'hook'. My other personal favorite is 'Ring on Her Finger', a lively song with some truly inspired lyrics - a shark bite of truth under the humor.I love the bilingual aspect of this album.. Gives one hope. Buy this album. Now."
Moving, Empowering, Uplifting--Really!
Emily | MA | 01/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If there ever were a musician who was not getting enough international recognition, it may well be Johnny Clegg. His music is filled with such life and integrity that it I have this fantasy of playing it really loud over some massive sound-system so that everyone all over the world would hear and love it...mmmwwhahahhaa! But really, that's not what this group is all about. This album is probably my very favorite JC and Savuka album, as perfect fusion of international rock, pop, and more traditional Zulu elements. Much of the subject matter is very serious or political, reflecting Clegg's history in South Africa, working to overcome apartheid. (Think "Mandela," Third World Child," "Missing," or "Berlin Wall." (Yes I know that's not in S. Africa.) However, all of these songs have an unbelievably fantastic spirit, with so much life and optimism and pure guts that listening to any of them makes one fantastically happy. That simple.
The album starts off with a burst of strength in "Are You Ready?" This, like all other songs, is a seamlessly bilingual song, another element I love. (Yes, you will find yourself singing along in Zulu, regardless of whether or not you acutally know this powerful-sounding language.) The rhythm gets into your body and your mind, the words and meldody infiltrating thereafter. "Mandela" has some of the most deeply interesting and beautiful harmonies I have ever heard, making it even more powerful as an almost hymn-like tribute to South African activists. "Giyana" is another song with fierce energy, and some of the most interesting lyrics on this album. "Scatterling of Africa" is one of my very favorites, a king of Savuka classic. The message, which deals with the ties of the human race to its origins in Africa, is a raw, rhythmic, melodious song. It seems to almost serve as a backdrop for the rest of the album, a driving force that connects international listeners. (The aformentioned "scatterlings of Africa") "Missing" is dark and poignant, yet empowered and devoted, an almost anxious-sounding song. (Listen for these words in the beginning: "and I was banging at your door, but you weren't there anymore") These aren't really typical lyrics, but something about the way Clegg sings them is perhaps the single most moving moment on the entire album.
"The Ring on her Finger" is the fun song, lighter and utterly catchy, but with that all-important little tangy grain of truth. "That girl is feeling trapped by the ring on her finger." Well that's a new way to look at I THINK this song's about some sort of extra-marital affair, but this song lightens it all up. I sing and dance along with the chorus, and the Zulu parts of the chorus make me pine desperately after learning that language. A fantastic song.
"Third World Child" and "Berlin Wall" are massive songs, true and gritty and empowering no matter where you live, how you live, or the fact that the Berlin Wall fell a while ago now. These are meaningful songs, and "Third World Child" has an especially fascinating perspective that is honestly thought-provoking. Really--these songs make you THINK after you're done singing alone at the top of your exalting lungs. (Uh oh--this is getting flowery.)
OK, is it clear that this album RULES and you should get it NOW? In the end, it all comes down to "WOW" once again."