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Songs From a Zulu Farm

Ladysmith Black MambazoAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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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 (February 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B004G9C7CK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Yangiluma Inkukhu (The Biting Chicken)
2. Zulu Laduma (Voices Like Thunder)
3. Imithi Gobakahle (Children Come Home)
4. Cabhayeye (Puddles!)
5. Ntulube (Away, You River Snakes)6. Wemfana (Bad Donkey)
6. Ekhaya (Don't Leave Home Too Soon)
7. Wemfazi Ongaphesheya (River Talk)
8. Leliyafu (Clouds, Move Away!)
9. Uthekwane (The Prettiest Bird?)
10. Imbongolo (The Donkey's Complaint)
11. Ixegezi (Catch The Bird)
12. Lezonkomo (Praise The Cows & Bulls)
13. Vuka (Wake Up Little Chicks)
14. Thalaza (I Miss My Home, I Miss The Farm)
15. Old McDonald...Zulu Styl

Editorial Reviews

Since their earliest recordings and performances, the South African-based Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo as individuals and as a group have maintained a respect and a reverence for their past. Indeed, the centuries-old story of their homeland sometimes joyous, sometimes troubled, but always rich and exhilarating has been at the very foundation of this vocal group since its very beginning. And yet, for all the decades that have come and gone, these sounds are still very much alive.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo shares them with the world in their new recording, Songs From A Zulu Farm. Taking the many songs and stories of their youth and adding new lyrics, founder and frontman Joseph Shabalala and the other eight members of the group recreate the idyllic world in which they once lived and offers a glimpse of it to fans and audiences around the globe. To say this is their most personal work to date would be an understatement.

Included among the sixteen tracks on Songs From A Zulu Farm is Old McDonald...Zulu Style, a South African rendition of the well known children s song, Old McDonald Had a Farm. This original classic is reworked in ways never before imagined as it is piped through the language and culture of the Zulu people.

Less familiar to Western audiences but no less engaging are the various traditional tunes taken directly from the Zulu culture. Some are cautionary tales: Imithi Gobakahle ( Children Come Home ) calls the children inside when the skies grow dark and a rainstorm threatens, while Ekhaya ( Don t Leave Home too Soon ) encourages teenagers to stay with their families until they are truly ready to live on their own. Other songs are about the various mischievous and troublesome animals so prevalent in Zulu country: Ntulube ( Away, You River Snakes ), is an attempt to chase snakes and frogs out of the river to make the water better for swimming, while Uthekwane ( The Prettiest Bird? ) is an ode to a vain bird who boasts of her beauty to the other animals.

While Songs From A Zulu Farm may originate from the culture of South Africa, they speak to certain joys of childhood that are universal. Whether you are in Ladysmith, Virginia, or Ladysmith, South Africa, there are children being told or being sung stories that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. These are the same stories and songs that they too will share with their children. We hope that these songs sung to children in South Africa can be shared with and enjoyed by families in other places in the world.

Customer Reviews

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Harmonies are outstanding! March 9, 2011
By Nuggles
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolutely fantastic album. I have several Mambazo albums and this is one of their best. It's perfect for parents who want to expose their kids to a wide culture of music and sound. Just saw them in concert performing songs off of "Songs from a Zulu Farm". The group is full of energy and excitement and it transcends through their album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent CD ! March 23, 2011
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We are thoroughly enjoying this CD and highly recommend it. If you liked Graceland by Paul Simon, you'll like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zulu Farm March 3, 2011
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Songs From a Zulu Farm is my first introduction to them. I heard them on National Public Radio.

My absolute favorite is Old McDonald....To hear the animals in the Zulu language was awesome.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So fun! February 25, 2013
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My toddler & preschool girls and I all like this CD a lot--fun sounds, songs you want to move to, and a gentle feel. I've noticed that when I have my mp3 player on random, I always kind of relax a little when one of these songs comes on... I am not sure exactly what it is, but it just feels nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HARMONIOUS AFRICAN FOLK OFFERING! May 17, 2012
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This immensely talented group of South African a cappella singers, whose harmonies and tightly arranged vocals mesmerize, will dare you to sit still while listening to them. The arrangements are intricate and vivacious but soothing at the same time. Some of the songs(YANGILUMI INKUKHU, IMBONGOLO) are playful and include sound effects or animal imitations by the group members. Others (like LELIYAFU or NTULUBE) are stunning in their simple beauty. The singing style is MBUBE (meaning "lion") and was developed by African musician Solomon Linda who wrote WIMOWEH aka THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT.Many of these songs will remind you of WIMOWEH or THE LION KING. These wonderful voices and their songs will stay with you forever! The final selection is a version of OLD MACDONALD sung in MBUBE style! Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars They are still phenomenal March 29, 2013
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From the Graceland a;bum to a live concert in Minneapolis, this group always inspires. I am grateful for their work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hit with the toddler set December 4, 2013
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I teach a group of toddlers and they love this album, especially "Old McDonald Zulu Style." The music is joyful but also calming.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and relaxing
I used this music to help relax and prepare for labor - some of the tracks obviously I would cut from the playlist for the labor room (the ones with animal noises or the Old... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Katherine C McCarty
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I like, but good.
See above. I prefer the original albums from the competitions held every year, where many singing teams compete for the prize.
Published 6 months ago by David Troyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Africa center of the world.
I love this groupe. I trully thank paul Simon for bringing them to us.Their sound is rich and enjoyable. you will have many enjoable hours with Ladysmith.
Published 12 months ago by John Melvin Hall Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music
This music is enjoyable but not to the same degree that I enjoy the Soweto Gospel Choir. It is a keeper though, for sure.
Published 17 months ago by Joy Wellington
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the sound of LBM
After hearing LBM on tour in the US a few years back, I have loved listening to their "first" album, which was all I ever ran across until I noticed Amazon had a few more... Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by Robert L. Whitaker
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids!
I was really hoping for a performance like the songs in the movie, "Seraphina." I will try another CD of theirs, to sample more mature-oriented music. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by Ramblin' Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars McDonald's Farms
Old Mcdonald had many farms, but this one in South Africa is the most beautiful among them.

Grab a copy of this CD and take a tour! Read more
Published on November 8, 2011 by Ajax Thomas
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