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Long Walk to Freedom [Enhanced]

Ladysmith Black MambazoAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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listen  3. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Amazing Grace / Nearer My God To Thee 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nkosi Sikelel 'lAfrica 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Inkanyezi Nezazi "Star And The Wiseman" 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Long Walk To Freedom "Halala South Africa" 5:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Thula Thula "Bonus Track 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 

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In 2011, Ladysmith Black Mambazo – led by founder and front man Joseph Shabalala – celebrates forty-five years of joyous and uplifting music that marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. In those years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual alchemy ... Read more in Amazon's Ladysmith Black Mambazo Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Heads Up
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

For more than 30 years, South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo has infused its township sound of Isicathamiya with rich gospel harmonies. LBM's unique sound was brought to American audiences thanks to Paul Simon's landmark Graceland, and the group has toured and recorded tirelessly since. Long Walk To Freedom is a new retrospective in which the group rerecords new versions of songs from throughout its career with help from such guests as Emmylou Harris, Sarah McLachlan, Taj Mahal, and Zap Mama as well as several popular countrymen. As with the Simon album, the North American guests' voices fit hand-in-glove with the group's warm harmonies. Highlights include "Nomathemba," which was the band's first hit in 1973, the popular "Hello My Baby," and the Graceland tunes "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" and "Homeless." Though ostensibly a career retrospective, this new recording actually proves that Ladysmith Black Mambazo has never sounded better. --Tad Hendrickson

Product Description

In recognition of the twentieth anniversary of their ascendancy to the world stage and the dawning of democracy in South Africa twelve years ago, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will release Long Walk To Freedom on Heads Up International, featuring guest vocal performances by some of the most progressive voices of the contemporary pop music scene: Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Joe McBride, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant and Zap Mama. Also appearing on the guest roster are a virtual who's who of South African artists: Lucky Dube, Bhekumunzi Luthuli, Vusi Mahlasela, Hugh Masekela, Nokukhanya, Phuezkhemisi, and Thandiswa. Heads Up. 2006.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ladysmith Black Mambazo at their best yet February 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album proves it - Ladysmith Black Mambazo are (if not one of) the best African group of all time and listening to this album has been a very pleasant experience.

New recordings of classic Mambazo hits are contained here, featuring collaborations with familiar names Sarah McLachlan (on "Homeless", which originally appeared on the 1986 album "Graceland" with Paul Simon), Melissa Etheridge (on "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes", again from "Graceland"), Natalie Merchant (on "Rain, Rain Beautiful Rain", a track that originally appeared on the 1979 release "Ezinkulu" and the Grammy-winning 1987 "Shaka Zulu") as well as many faces from South Africa.

Zap Mama, headed by Marie Daulne, joins in on the group's "Hello My Baby", which originally appeared alongside "Rain" on "Ezinkulu" in 1979, a horde of artists including Vusi Mahlasela, Hugh Masekela and Lucky Dube appear on the anthem "Shosholoza", Taj Mahal and his wonderful electric guitar appear on Solomon Linda's "Mbube" and we have many other songs as well; "Inkanyezi Nezazi (Star and the Wiseman)", "How Long?", "Long Walk to Freedom" (originally recorded in 2000) and the South African national anthem "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" (God Bless Africa) - not forgetting the first song that the group's leader/founder Joseph Shabalala ever wrote: "Nomathemba". This version of the tune, written in 1966 and made into a Broadway stageplay in 1995, is especially haunting yet soothing.

There is not one dull moment on the album as the harmonies of Mambazo continue to entertain. Noteworthy are the "playing about" sounds on the end of "How Long?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 26, 2006
By SA Fan
Format:Audio CD
This CD from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with guest singers Melissa Etheridge, Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Joe McBride, Zap Mama, Hugh Masakela and a who's who of South African artists, is this multi Grammy Award winning group's finest work in years. Since their work with Paul Simon and his "Graceland" CD they continue to amaze with their beautiful harmonies.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyuous and inspiring walk! February 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This blend of style and content is a real feast for the soul. Fans of the group's traditional South African vocals will like the selections that feature the blended voices and beat of their past recordings, and will be intrigued by the mix of the stylings of some new friends -- well known American, Canadian and European artists. No cultural imperialism here...the foreigners bend their music to match that of Africa. The results are generally a treat. I found myself playing and replaying the CD when it first arrived. The layered texture of each individual song, and the similarly layered context of the entire song list, makes repeat listening not only a joy but a necessity. One final kudo: not only are the songs wonderful, the production is dynamic, without overpowering the voices of the artists. This is an absolute treasure.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves me almost speechless February 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I love each successive Ladysmith CD more than the last and this one is no exception. They've brought together the greats of South African music and popular US stars for the most breathtakingly beautiful CD I have heard in a long time. Emmylou Harris' version of "Amazing Grace" will just blow you away. Then there's Melissa Ethridge singing Paul Simon's part on "Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes." Plus, you've got Zap Mama, Taj Mahal, Natalie Merchant and a host of others. This one will provide years of happy listening.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Long Walk To Freedom is the latest music CD release of the energetic and inspirational group of South African artists Ladysmith Black Mambazo, recognizing the twentieth year of their introduction to the worldwide stage. Long Walk To Freedom consists of twelve new recordings of classic Mambazo songs, with guest vocal performances by contemporary pop music stars such as Taj Mahal, Zap Mama, Joe McBride and many more, as well as leading South African artists such as Lucky Dube, Vusi Mahlasela, and Thandiswa. Spanning the length of the band's thirty-year history, the selected songs are Nomathemba (4:12), Hello My Baby (4:56), Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (5:42), Homeless (4:11), Rain Rain Beautiful Rain (3:01), How Long (5:11), Mbube (3:59), Amazing Grace/Nearer My God To Thee (3:28), Nkosi Sikelel 'lAfrica (2:26), Inkanyezi Nezazi "Star and the Wiseman" (5:00), Shosholoza (4:50), Long Walk To Freedom "Halala South Africa" (5:11) and Thula Thula "Bonus Track" 1:49. More than just a music CD, Long Walk To Freedom doubles as a multimedia CD-ROM, PC & Macintosh compatible, with a video and artist profile and much more. A superb auditory tribute to a talented and widely beloved performance group, and a treasure especially for fans of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent January 3, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was great shipping. The music is fantastic, very different from what we're used to but absolutely beautiful. We have several generations in our household and all of us love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ladysmith September 21, 2013
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This was an excellent album. The collaboration with Paul Simon was an exhilerating meld of new and old harmony. I could listen to the harmonizing for hours on end. Will definitely use this seller again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these guys
It is Ladysmith Black Mambazo - what's not to love!?!
Published 27 days ago by Karen Lambert
1.0 out of 5 stars Good for going to sleep by
I am a fan of this group but I have to say this is a really weak recording. It just doesn't seem to have much energy or spark in it, compared to some of the other older CD's. Read more
Published 8 months ago by book luvver
5.0 out of 5 stars Mambazo
A very different music. Done quite well and also very enjoyable. This is a great CD if you like great sounding music.
Published 17 months ago by Nevin Selke
4.0 out of 5 stars Soothing sounds
I had seen Paul Simon's interview and show on his album "Graceland" on PBS. And I saw the group called Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Susan M. Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sounds
I had the CD for this and lost it. That made me crazy, so I downloaded the album from Amazon. I'm not much of a musicologist, but I know that I like good harmony, meaningful lyrics... Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Retrospective
If you have amassed a number of LBM's previous albums, much of of this will be familiar. But it isn't just a "greatest hits" album, but a reimagining of the tunes over their long... Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Mr. Roger O. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
Nice variety of songs while still keeping with that "special sound" that no ones does better!
Published on December 26, 2007 by DK
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Walk to Freedom
Ever since their emergence on Paul Simon's Graceland, the unique harmonies and rhythms have kept me enthtralled. Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by Jay S. Karant
4.0 out of 5 stars wow
If you like A capella work this is a great addition to your collection.
Published on November 6, 2006 by P. Kelley
4.0 out of 5 stars byrd52
Never appreciated in the Paul Simon days, think he exploited the novelty of their sound (OK, not a Simon fan). Read more
Published on August 21, 2006 by Robert Cioffoletti
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