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Paradise in Gazankulu CD

4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Audio CD (October 25, 1990) Number of Discs: 1 Label: Capitol

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000008DCB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In what may be one of the smoothest, most rhythmical protest-driven comebacks ever, Harry Belafonte slid back into the musical spotlight with this 1988 album. His voice roughened by the years, he uses it to great effect on passionate vignettes into South Africa in the Apartheid era.

Don't expect the vintage Harry's steel drums and calypso-- this is more often synth and guitar-driven world pop.

Track listing:

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.

4. Amandla

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

8. Capetown

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.
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Belafonte continues to illustrate his world class entertainer status with this infectious and inviting album. His smoky vocals are as evocative of faraway places and people as the lyrics are provocative to embracing brotherhood, peace, and the beauty of love for humankind as well as the loves of our life.

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!
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Having been a Belafonte fan for decades, I was excited when this record came out back in the late '80s. It was glorious and so very relevant then, and remains so today. Belafonte at his best, this is a hugely important recording. "The tide will rise; the tide will rise."
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Apparently his last studio album, but his best and truely one of the best albums of the past few decades. When it was made, with the South African aparteid government still holding on, it was a stunning political statement; twenty-plus years later; it holds up remarkably well. Every song is strong; the music a fantastic mix of the best in South Africa's blend of musical genres. It is a great dance album.

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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Excellent album. Not sure how I missed this one. Some different sounds from Harry Belafonte and overall definitely worth a listen if you have not heard it before. Some great musicians on the album also.
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By JanB on March 23, 2013
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For a couple of decades this has been my favorite collection of tunes. I played a cassette tape to death while remodeling our home 12 years ago. I was delighted to find this cd at a great price, and will enjoy listening to my "old friend" while in my studio!
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