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Ladysmith Black Mambazo
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Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Whether they are singing hymns or secular songs, Ladysmith Black Mambazo always raise their voices in glorious harmony. They are the unmatched masters of the South African a cappella form known as isicathamiya or mbube, an...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Title: Best of
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Shanachie
Release Date: 6/22/1992
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016351439826, 093299287047, 669910127162

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Whether they are singing hymns or secular songs, Ladysmith Black Mambazo always raise their voices in glorious harmony. They are the unmatched masters of the South African a cappella form known as isicathamiya or mbube, and this CD demonstrates their vocal prowess. The Zulu songs are ornamented by trills, yips, humming, and tra-la-las and punctuated by the rhythmic clicks that are particular to the language. The English-language songs instruct and advise on the fine moral points of human relationships. While the mbube song form lends a certain similarity to the pieces, this group is so good that the music never seems redundant, and the generous selection of 16 songs seems to go by too quickly. --Jeff Grubb

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Mary B. (JavaJuice) from BENTON HARBOR, MI
Reviewed on 6/8/2007...
This cd is filled with wonderful harmonies, truly inspirational. I truly enjoyed listening to this music.

CD Reviews

A stirring collection of African rythmic harmony
maydont@bigfoot.com | Edinburgh, Scotland, UK | 01/13/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A moving collection by the group made famous after their immediate success from Paul Simon's Graceland.Each track on this album is enough to give the listener goose flesh. "Mambazo", meaning "axe" in Zulu, has nothing to do with violence but pertains to the "cutting" nature of the various voices while singing. You certainly get that feeling when listening to this CD. The pulse and harmony on this album will move you. There are no instruments - all of the "instrumental rythmns" come from the groups' voices in the form of humming, trills, clicks and other excalmatory sounds. It is intriging to listen to the harmony they achieve.It perhaps does not include all of their "best" tracks. In fact most of their commercial success were English tracks. Tunes such as Homeless, Diamonds on the soles of her shoes (both with Paul Simon), Knocking on Heaven's Door (with Dolly Parton) and the World in Union (Rugby Union World Cup Anthem) are not here. However if you are looking for virtuoso collection of Zulu isicathamiya (cutting harmonic music) then you are unlikely to find anything better. If you don't know much about Southern African, or indeed African music, then this should get you interested."
A truly spiritual album
Daniel C. Wilcock | Washington, D.C. | 02/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This collection of Ladysmith Black Mambazo tunes is more than just a 'greatest hits' collection. It stands by itself as an artwork, all of the songs fitting a certain mood - one of joy, healing and positive christian spirituality. A range of voices, low to high with cliks and whoops, is all this album contains. It is amazing how much music can orginate from the human vocal chord to produce music as stunning and beutiful as that made by the most sophisticated intsuments.Some of the tunes are sunny, others pensive. Some songs are sermons, many end in "halleluyah," and the overall result is mezmerizing -- enjoyable for christians and non-christians alike.This is highly recommended, and the perfect companion for a quiet day or to relieve daily stress. A+"