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Umthombo Wamanzi
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Umthombo Wamanzi
Genres: World Music, Pop
 
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Somewhat more sober but no less hypnotic, warm, and churchlike than other Ladysmith albums, this change of pace (released in 1988 but recorded just prior to their Paul Simon collaboration Graceland) consists entirely of de...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Title: Umthombo Wamanzi
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Shanachie
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: World Music, Pop
Styles: Africa, Reggae
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 016351435521, 016351435514, 016351435545

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Somewhat more sober but no less hypnotic, warm, and churchlike than other Ladysmith albums, this change of pace (released in 1988 but recorded just prior to their Paul Simon collaboration Graceland) consists entirely of devout Christian songs sung in Zulu (translations provided). Extended melodic lines reminiscent of Christian hymns alternate with pulsating refrains that gently echo jubilee gospel choirs--and every song ends with a blissful amen or hallelujah. Umthombo's choral harmonies, less contrapuntal than Ladysmith's usual euphonic textures, showcase the subtle rhythmic complexities--the turn-on-a-dime transitions and nearly unnoticed tension--of Joseph Shambala's divine arrangements. --Richard Gehr

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