Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.10
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • South Africa
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

South Africa


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, May 18, 2010
"Please retry"
$29.99 $17.58

Bob NOW


Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

Music

Image of album by Putumayo Presents

Photos

Image of Putumayo Presents

Biography

Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

Visit Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store
for 145 albums, 55 photos, videos, discussions, and more.

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo
  • ASIN: B003CJXIUK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ujaheni - Soul Brothers
2. Mbombela - Bholoja
3. Oxam - Mahube
4. Nkosi - Blk Sonshine
5. Beautiful Feet - Nibs van der Spuy
6. Mananga - Steve Dyer
7. Orlando - Miriam Makeba
8. Tiki Tiki - Phinda
9. Halala Afrika - Johannes Kerkorrel
10. Work - Zoro
11. Vulamasango - Kaya
12. Ngahlulele - Soweto Gospel Choir

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Putumayo will release South Africa, a CD collection that celebrates the rich musical diversity of this unique country at the southern tip of Africa. With the soccer World Cup taking place for the first time on African soil in 2010, international attention will be focused on South Africa and its post-apartheid status as a democracy and economic powerhouse. Over the course of its history, this & Rainbow Nation; with 11 official languages has nurtured many musical styles, including mbaqanga, kwela and township jive, among others. While South Africans have endured many struggles, they have often used music as a tool to protest and to express their hopes for a better future. Putumayo's South Africa CD is a fusion of the traditional and contemporary, with legends like the late singer and political activist Miriam Makeba, who mixed kwela and township jive on & Orlando, a tribute to the Soweto township of the same name. The Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir and mbaqanga pioneers Soul Brothers are just two of the internationally renowned groups featured on this collection. On Oxam, Mahube epitomizes the growing pan-African music movement as they effortlessly combine the sounds of artists from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and other African countries. The group features vocalist Phinda, who recently completed a stint in the The Lion King and who also performs solo on Tiki Tiki. As with many of Putumayo's previous collections, South Africa features a recipe by chef Amos Dlamini, of the acclaimed Moyo group of restaurants. A portion of Putumayo's proceeds from the sale of this CD will be donated to Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), a non-profit organization working in South Africa to combat HIV/AIDS and advance human rights.

About the Artist

Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic compilations of great international music characterized by the company's motto: "guaranteed to make you feel good!" Putumayo's CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colorful, folkloric style represents one of Putumayo's goals: to connect the traditional to the contemporary. By combining appealing music and visuals with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity - a rarity in today's artist-based music industry.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
9
4 star
3
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 12 customer reviews
Love all their CDs and buy them whenever possible.
Free Shipping - ValueRays®
I'd recommend it for anyone with an appreciation for the uniqueness and beauty of non-western music.
E. Strickenburg
It is a nice selection from a country so well-known for their great music.
Bonnie Brody

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am a longtime fan of Putamayo collections and this one is very good. There are some familiar people on the CD, such as Miriam Makeba and the Soweto Gospel Choir. There are also some people and groups new to me that I really enjoyed. Steve Dyer plays the sax beautifully and at times it sounds almost flute-like it's so smooth. You can hear the American jazz influence in Miriam Makeba's piece. My favorite track is sung by Johannes Kerkorrel, a folk song about apartheid, It is sung in Zulu and Afrikaans. I enjoyed the Afro-pop group Kaya who sing about a repentant man who has been unfaithful to his girlfriend.

This is an album to listen to carefully as the music styles and groups are very different. There is rap, all musical, folk, jazz, and Afro-pop. It is a nice selection from a country so well-known for their great music.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 18, 2010
Format: Audio CD
This new compilation features twelve different artists or groups singing and playing many different styles of South African music. Some are as old as mabari - a style related to American swing music, which hit its peak in the 1950s - and some are more contemporary, such as reggae and rap, which get such a South African spin, you'd think they were invented in South Africa. Fans of Paul Simon's GRACELAND should find this interesting, packed with artists classic to South Africa's sounds such as the Soul Brothers or Soweto Gospel Choir. We even get the late great Miriam Makeba, doing some of her best work! Highly recommended!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on June 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Putumayo's "South Africa" celebrates the recent FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg, and a musically rich country. It's a spicy and delicious compilation, blending Afropop with jazz and acoustic guitar. There's something for everyone. A portion of the profits goes to ANSA (Artists for a New South Africa) combating HIV/AIDS through the arts, as well as for human rights. To top off it, there's a recipe for vegetarian bobotie,a traditional South African casserole that combines lentils with chutney and a creamy top.

"South Africa" opens with the powerful "Ujaheni" from the Soul Brothers. Bhojola sings in the traditional language of Swaziland. Mahube's "Oxam" is about a fraudulent healer;considering the seriousness of the material, it's a joyous song. Nibs Van Der Spuy's "Beautiful Feet" is gentle acoustic folk. Steve Dyer's "Mananga" is beautiful township jazz. The late Miriam Makeba, who passed away in 2008 after a concert (Homeland), has the jazzy "Orlando" (it's about a Soweto township, NOT Lovin' Bloom: The Unauthorized Story of Orlando Bloom) Johannes Kerkorrel, the flamboyant, openly gay Afrikaan singer who challenged apartheid and tragically committed suicide in 2002, profiles African history in the bittersweet "Halala Africa." The album closes with the Soweto Gospel Choir's "Ngahlulele." Of course, the Soweto Gospel Choir recently gained international fame thanks to the bestselling Songs Around The World (CD + DVD).

"South Africa" is a beautiful musical trip to the Rainbow Nation!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Haspel on September 27, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
South Africa's music is a vital part of that nation's rich multicultural heritage; and one of the many virtues of Putumayo's 2010 album "South Africa" is the manner in which the album demonstrates how, since South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy in 1994, the nation has become a center of recording for artists from other nations of southern Africa as well. The upbeat, optimistic tone of many of these songs demonstrates well how, in spite of the problems that face South Africa today (persistent economic troubles, a high rate of HIV infection, disillusionment with a series of presidents who have not managed to live up to the high standards set by Nelson Mandela), music is one of many cultural elements that demonstrate well the South African people's unquenchable hope for a better future.

I like the rolling organ and the complex, polyrhythmic quality of Soul Brothers' "Ujaheni," the song that opens the album. Bhojola, from the neighboring Kingdom of Swaziland, contributes "Mbombela" ("Many People Together in a Small Place"), a gentle, evocative, hopeful song characterized by deft guitar work and wonderful harmonies. On Mahube's "Oxam," the combination of celestial harmonies and complex underlying percussion is intoxicating. I particularly like this song's deployment of the mbira (thumb piano), an amazingly beautiful instrument that brings together elements of rhythm and melody. The song's flute solo is also a nice touch.

Bik Sonshine's "Nkosi" (meaning "song of thanks") is a fun cultural combination; it brings together African-American hip-hop (voiced in English) in the verses, and Xhosa musical textures in the chorus. The following song, Nibs van der Spuy's "Beautiful Feet," was a real surprise to me.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Robidoux on February 6, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I recently started to enjoy African music,ever since the TV series No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.It something different and I find it to represent joy and happiness,which is a good thing.This is a nice way to get exposure of Africa's music
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Putumayo is Great Music.... for any occasion to listen to anytime. Love all their CDs and buy them whenever possible. Their library is extensive and worth owning a collection.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category