Paradise in Gazankulu CD
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Don't expect the vintage Harry's steel drums and calypso-- this is more often synth and guitar-driven world pop.
1. We Are The Wave
A joyous, uptempo opener in praise of people power: Apartheid and oppression are the rocks, and we are the waves, washing them into sand.
2. Paradise In Gazankulu
A cynical portrayal of life under someone else's thumb.
3. Skin To Skin (duet w. Jennifer Warnes)
A love song.
Sounds like a simple song of longing for unfound love, until you realize that Amadla is Xhosa for power.
5. Kwela (Listen To The Man)
Sarcastic humor with a popping, uptempo feel
6. Monday To Monday
About working in the mines far from home.
7. Global Carnival
A party song for when we are all free
A love song to a city.
9. Sisiwami (Sweet Sister)
About how it feels to watch a beautiful woman dance. And maybe more than that.
10. Move It
A call to action.
Songs depict the hardships of African life, though tough times are universal and the songs speak to that as well. Hope is a continuum throughout the songs as well as the male rapture over the joys of women and womanliness.
Not an album to be missed and one to be enjoyed by every age!
One other reviewer refers to Capetown as a "love song to a city" - hmmm, perhaps, but as beautiful as it is musically and lyrically, it is a devastating protest song. "Move it" is a stunning, and as it turned out, prescient statmement to a government doomed to terrorize itself out of power. Belafonte has sung "Skin to skin" with some other extraordinary singers, but none have surpassed Jennifer Warnes' caressing of each and every syllable.
The only criticism is the lack of credits with the minimal liner notes. Jake Holmes apparently co-wrote each song with different South African songwriters. Perhaps the challenges of making the album under the constraints of the artists' boycott created some difficulty regarding credits, but in any case, everyone involved deserves huge credit. Very few protest, cause-oriented songs have been as strong lyrically and musically as several on this CD are.
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i had this item along time ago but it as on cassette , but when the cxar died that did not have a cd player I threw all cassttes outPublished 14 months ago by richard meade ll
Too expensive but that's because I already owned it and replaced it because it's such a great album.Published 22 months ago by Andrea R. Padian
Had a hard time finding this on other sites. Very pleased. I bought a new one and a slightly used one, both are greatPublished on September 3, 2013 by carol moran