Voices of South Africa is a 17-track CD with accompanying printed notes documenting the rich history of South African music. The listener gets a glimpse of the great variety of musical styles going from the 1950s, through the apartheid years and on to the current Rainbow Nation times. Thus the CD features marabi, township jazz (such as by the Manhattan Brothers), kwela (with the distinctive penny whistle, a classic example of which is surprisingly by kwaito group Mafikizolo as a tribute), mbube (exemplified by Ladysmith Black Mambazo), gospel, mbaqanga and kwaito (with its fusion of house, hip-hop, jive and mbaqanga). The informative text explains how all the genres are related to each other and to outside influences. It also points the reader in directions of other artists not featured on the album but whose styles are. For this reviewer the outstanding tracks are those by Mahalathini & the Mahotella Queens with the highly infectious beat on their song about marriage, Jonas Gwangwa (wedding song) and Ura.