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His "Guiding Star" is a haunting collection of songs,many of them about the suffering under apartheid. His "Chamber of Justice" is a haunting reggae-styled song about the nature of good and evil. "Sower of Words",a touching duet with Dave Matthews,is a tribute to a South African poet who stood up to apartheid. Dave Matthews,whose voice usually grates cheese,provides a soft,thoughtful accompaniment. "Song for Thandi" is about a pregnant woman persecuted during apartheid who was nearly forced to kill herself--but chose life because of the life within her. There are deeply spiritual songs such as "River Jordan","Heaven in my Heart" and "Thula Mama." There are great collaborations with Derek Trucks&the Welsh singer-songwriter Jem.The bonus track,a cover of Miriam Makeba's "Pata Pata",is a joyous dance song that catches the spirit of the original. Warning:this song may cause toe-tapping.
As a whole,"Guiding Star" is a brilliant combination of electrifying acoustic guitar playing and powerful singing. Dave Matthews rightly compares Vusi Mahlasela to Neil Young,Bob Marley,Miles Davis&Marvin Gaye. The album is great music for great causes-a portion of the proceeds go to Nelson Mandela's HIV/AIDS global awareness campaign and Vusi Mahlasela's Music Development Foundation.Read more ›
I got this CD on preorder and had it in my mailbox the day it came out, I wrote the first review about 2 weeks later and now looking back about a year later I have to add to it. This CD is just a classic, it's an epic CD, it's amazing. I'm still playing this CD at least 3 times a week. I can't believe I actually considered giving it only 4 stars. "Jabula" is still my favorite song, but I also love "Ntombe Mbali" and "Mighty River" almost as much and with their organ sounding effects. I love all the songs on it really. I also had the pleasure of seeing Vusi live this summer, and if you ever get the chance, don't miss him, I drove 3 hours to see the show, I would have bought a plane ticket if I had to.
"Jabula" ranks up there close to "When You Come Back" as one of my favorite Vusi songs. He really got the South African sound in there, but I'm also really hearing a Celtic influence in the drumming, pretty amazing how he pulled it off, the best song I've heard released in 2007, and probably will remain that way. I also loved "Moleko" and it's rythm. "Chamber of Justice" is pretty cool, has a reggae sounding rhythm to it, definitely something you could throw into a either a reggae mix or African mix and it would fit right in with both.
Every song is masterfully crafted, Vusi and his guests are top notch performers. My only not 100% positive comment on this is that some of the songs get a little "Dave Mathewish" sounding, which is not a complaint, but I was hoping to hear more of the South African sound like I did on "Voice". While I gave it 5 stars, I was debating to give it 4 because of this, but I figured this was personal preference and shouldn't reflect the quality of the music which is well deserving of 5 stars.
Oh, and if you're interested in his first three albums, your best bet is amazon.co.uk. There's a box set called "The Collection" with the albums "When You Come Back," "The Wisdom of Forgiveness," and "Silang Mabele." As of this writing, the price is about $27.
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This CD feels uplifting and connecting. So many musicians creating together a lovely mis. Enjoy mixture of various african languages as well as english.Published on August 25, 2013 by Lys Blanc
Amazing talent. Heard River Jordan, and knew that is the song I wanted to sing with my brother and sister at our mothers funeral. Hopfuly it's a while yet. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by God said it! Good enough.
I first heard a tiny bit of this man's voice on the International presentation of "Stand By Me", I was so impressed, I bought his CD and it is just wonderful. Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Shirley Bubel
I had the great fortune to see Vusi Mahlasela in concert about a year ago. It was a terrific concert and the energy built during the performance. Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by Squirrel Girl