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Thokozile


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  • Audio CD (December 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Earthworks
  • ASIN: B000008I17
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Thokozile (Praise/Be Happy)
2. Lilizela Mlilizeli (Applaud)
3. Sibuyile (We Are Back)
4. Nina Majuba (You Pigeons)
5. I Wanna Dance
6. Uyavutha Umlilo (Music Inferno - Hot Music In The Club)
7. Sengikala Ngiyabaleka (Crying And Running Away)
8. Izulu Liyaduduma (Thunderstorm)

Editorial Reviews

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If you have to pick one album to capture the spirit and complexity of modem African pop, this is it. --Q Magazine

A glorious, soul-stirring set. --The Guardian

The most important mbaqanqa record in many years. --New Musical Express (NME)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rick on July 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Here is some great upbeat, harmonius music. The instrumentation is Western (guitar, bass, drums and the occasional synthesizer) but the vocals are not of this hemisphere. The contrast of Malathini's groaning with the gorgeous harmonies of the Mahotella Queens is striking and adds to the fun set up by the driving rhythm and lilting guitar. This is essential AfroPop music. It is unfortunate that I Wanna Dance is the only song available for sampling. It is basically a disco dance tune that is easily the worst song on the disc and is not at all representative of the rest of the music. If you could just hear a bit of the first four songs I am confident you'd pop Thokozile into your shopping cart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arturo Galster on January 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album in the 1980's as part of a "world music" compendium. It immediately became one of my favorites, and I played the cassette tape constantly. I had tried several times to find it on CD, but with no luck. I was afraid that after Mahlathini passed away, and the Queens essentially stopped performing,that the album might have faded into obscurity. Then, in December '06 I was thrilled to locate a copy on amazon. When I play this CD it is impossible not to dance, sing, shout and feel completely energized. I recommend that it be played at high volume every morning !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on March 30, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I love Arturo's description of this album as "Life Affirming." Indeed it is! From the first song to the last, this album is sheer musical joy. I can't help but smile when I hear those intoxicating, danceable rhythms, Mahlathini's deep growl of a voice, backed by the sweet harmonies of the Mahotella Queens. Really, this is just an irristable cocktail of sounds. The only knock you can make against the album is the some of the songs --- but only one or two of them --- suffer from a dated 80s production style. I think they were tyring for a crossover pop sound on those songs, but it really wasn't necessary. The spirit of this propulsive music and the joyous voices overcome any such production quirks. This is an album that has retained its joy and power of the years. Well worth discovery, or re-discovery.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James A. Zegarchuk on July 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Saw these guys at a club around 1990. This album has all the energy of their concert. Very good quality recording! If you like African music, this is a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex. V on May 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
That title track rocks! In my view, its the best example of South African pop music, whose history drew so profoundly from the jazz and then rock and roll sounds that came out of America to seduce black Africa.
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