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4.0 out of 5 stars A stirring collection of African rythmic harmony, January 13, 2001
This review is from: Best of Ladysmith Black mambazo (Audio CD)
A moving collection by the group made famous after their immediate success from Paul Simon's Graceland.
Each track on this album is enough to give the listener goose flesh. "Mambazo", meaning "axe" in Zulu, has nothing to do with violence but pertains to the "cutting" nature of the various voices while singing. You certainly get that feeling when listening to this CD. The pulse and harmony on this album will move you. There are no instruments - all of the "instrumental rythmns" come from the groups' voices in the form of humming, trills, clicks and other excalmatory sounds. It is intriging to listen to the harmony they achieve.
It perhaps does not include all of their "best" tracks. In fact most of their commercial success were English tracks. Tunes such as Homeless, Diamonds on the soles of her shoes (both with Paul Simon), Knocking on Heaven's Door (with Dolly Parton) and the World in Union (Rugby Union World Cup Anthem) are not here.
However if you are looking for virtuoso collection of Zulu isicathamiya (cutting harmonic music) then you are unlikely to find anything better.
If you don't know much about Southern African, or indeed African music, then this should get you interested.
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