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The phrase "Time to meditate," as crooned by Ladysmith Black Mambazo in the song "Hello My Baby," might well be the most exquisitely sung line in all recorded music. Tastefully produced by Paul Simon following the success of Graceland, 1987's Shaka Zulu finds Ladysmith harmonizing as sweetly in English as they do in their native Zulu tongue (conveniently translated here). In addition to Christian and courting songs, Shaka's most interesting tunes provide glimpses into tribal culture. As Ladysmith observe in "Yibo Labo (These Are the Guys)": "There usually are problems with secret lovers / The elders never approve." --Richard Gehr

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LBQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By nadav haber on June 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The CD proves that elegance and soul can come together beautifully. LBM are a refined product of traditional South African choral singing, that provides the special flavor to modern SA popular music. This is a music radiating with love. It is puzzling how people who have been the object of so much hate and oppression produce music that is pure love. But then the same can be asked about soul music in America. There is no instrumental accompaniment here. The singers use occasional hand claps and foot stomping to add rhythmic intensity to the songs. Most songs are sang in Zulu, but English may be heard here and there. Although the music is very vibrant and moving, it is not dance music. It is a music to listen to and get immersed in, as it grows more beautiful each time. To me the songs never sound the same, and each offers a different feel and mood. An essential part of any music collection.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Patrick G. Varine on September 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Whether you know it or not, you're familiar with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. If you're a Paul Simon fan, you heard the South African male group on the haunting "Homeless" and "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" from the "Graceland" album. If not, you know them as "The Lifesaver Commercial Guys." They sang about all the flavors in the TV commercial.
"Shaka Zulu" was their first album available worldwide after being given global exposure by Paul Simon on the Graceland Tour, and it is unbelievable. Their harmony and intricate rhythms, kept in check by headman Joseph Shabalala is amazing, with such a wide range of voices, and the songs are just as good.
The only problem I have with the album is that a lot of the songs sound the same and have the same basic structure. But I'm unable to fully appreciate the songs because I don't speak the language. I'm sure if I knew what they were saying, I would be able to enjoy the album on a higher level.
Overall, however, this is a great album by a great group.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1998
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After hearing the stirring 'Homeless' and 'Diamonds on the Souls of her shoes' featured on Paul Simon's album Graceland years ago I had to track down these guys. What a GREAT album. I have many of their CDs and this one has track after track of wonderful songs (Wawusho Kubani is one of my all time favorites). See them in concert if at all possible. Spike lee did a mini-documentary (Do it A Cappella) that featured LBM and other A Cappella bands. LBM and the Mint Juleps got together for the greatest version of 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' that I've heard. A CD of the documentary is out as well - a must see/hear!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Ivory on June 14, 2003
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I have put it in my cd case when I am working on the road, I've taken it into my massage therapy office to listen to while working on clients, I play it when cleaning around the house... this is one of my most favored, versitile cd's in my collection. I find it relaxing when I need to unwind, and uplifting when I am feeling sluggish. It certainly will not to appeal to all tastes. Not everyone enjoys acapella harmonies or listening to music that is not in ones own language, so I cannot make a blanket "thumbs up" for each taste. If you enjoyed the beginning of the song, "Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes" on Paul Simon's *Graceland* cd, you have a pretty good taste of what this cd offers (sans Paul Simon)... and even more so.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clayton W. Hibbert on September 13, 1999
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A capella music at its absolute finest, this disc is perfect for a quiet evening or a Sunday morning.
Stirring and powerful, Black Mambazo dispenses with all pretense, leaving an album so simple and disarming as to take your breath away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Glen I. Dean on June 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Thought I would give Ladysmith a try based on the good reviews it received here and was not dissapointed. The tracks are very rythmic and uplifting. The recording is very good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MERRIBETH NORD on May 31, 2006
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Oh, such sweet, sweet memories!! My husband played this CD in our delivery room when our son was born seven years ago. "Time to meditate. I send a messenger to tell you that I want to meet you! Come along, come along to kiss me!"

EVERYONE loves this music! Children, women, men... Am I leaving anyone out? It's sweet, thoughtful, masculine, sometimes playful, sometimes deadly serious, but always hauntingly soulful and lovely music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Spencer on April 19, 2013
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This is a great audio disc. Unfortunately the one I received (in 2013) was copy-protected and cannot be accessed in iTunes using Windows. Because I prefer the ALAC format, buying mp3's is not an option. Carrying a CD around with me is not an option, either, especially since one of the attractions of this CD for me was that the cuts would provide spectacular punctuations to my routine listening experience when they popped up in shuffle play.

There are workarounds to this, and I can work them, but it would have been nice if the copy-protection had been noted in the product description.
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