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Shaka Zulu

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Audio CD
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In 2011, Ladysmith Black Mambazo – led by founder and front man Joseph Shabalala – celebrates forty-five years of joyous and uplifting music that marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. In those years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual alchemy ... Read more in Amazon's Ladysmith Black Mambazo Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gallo
  • ASIN: B000XUOJ9U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 628,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 6 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
bought for mum in law but loved the music and lyrics to this classic album. well reccomended for any listener
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shaka Zulu. 1 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well the part I listened to I loved was typycal LBM--excellent!
I didnt her the rest of it as my girlfriend perloined it-------ask her.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Need to hear once 13 Oct 2013
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Something I wanted to try and to be fair was interesting and enjoyable but by the end my attention began to wander unless a fan one can only listen to so much tribal choral music, and if you are going to listen to some this is probably it.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sheer elegance and soul 26 Jun 2001
By nadav haber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The CD proves that elegance and soul can come together beautifully. LBM are a refined product of traditional South African choral singing, that provides the special flavor to modern SA popular music. This is a music radiating with love. It is puzzling how people who have been the object of so much hate and oppression produce music that is pure love. But then the same can be asked about soul music in America. There is no instrumental accompaniment here. The singers use occasional hand claps and foot stomping to add rhythmic intensity to the songs. Most songs are sang in Zulu, but English may be heard here and there. Although the music is very vibrant and moving, it is not dance music. It is a music to listen to and get immersed in, as it grows more beautiful each time. To me the songs never sound the same, and each offers a different feel and mood. An essential part of any music collection.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing singing talent and fantastic harmonies 8 Sep 2000
By Patrick G. Varine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Whether you know it or not, you're familiar with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. If you're a Paul Simon fan, you heard the South African male group on the haunting "Homeless" and "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" from the "Graceland" album. If not, you know them as "The Lifesaver Commercial Guys." They sang about all the flavors in the TV commercial.
"Shaka Zulu" was their first album available worldwide after being given global exposure by Paul Simon on the Graceland Tour, and it is unbelievable. Their harmony and intricate rhythms, kept in check by headman Joseph Shabalala is amazing, with such a wide range of voices, and the songs are just as good.
The only problem I have with the album is that a lot of the songs sound the same and have the same basic structure. But I'm unable to fully appreciate the songs because I don't speak the language. I'm sure if I knew what they were saying, I would be able to enjoy the album on a higher level.
Overall, however, this is a great album by a great group.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Ladysmith Black Mambazo recording 17 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After hearing the stirring 'Homeless' and 'Diamonds on the Souls of her shoes' featured on Paul Simon's album Graceland years ago I had to track down these guys. What a GREAT album. I have many of their CDs and this one has track after track of wonderful songs (Wawusho Kubani is one of my all time favorites). See them in concert if at all possible. Spike lee did a mini-documentary (Do it A Cappella) that featured LBM and other A Cappella bands. LBM and the Mint Juleps got together for the greatest version of 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' that I've heard. A CD of the documentary is out as well - a must see/hear!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of those I take with me wherever I go 14 Jun 2003
By Lisa M. Ivory - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have put it in my cd case when I am working on the road, I've taken it into my massage therapy office to listen to while working on clients, I play it when cleaning around the house... this is one of my most favored, versitile cd's in my collection. I find it relaxing when I need to unwind, and uplifting when I am feeling sluggish. It certainly will not to appeal to all tastes. Not everyone enjoys acapella harmonies or listening to music that is not in ones own language, so I cannot make a blanket "thumbs up" for each taste. If you enjoyed the beginning of the song, "Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes" on Paul Simon's *Graceland* cd, you have a pretty good taste of what this cd offers (sans Paul Simon)... and even more so.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow and rich and full of soul 14 Sep 1999
By Clayton W. Hibbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A capella music at its absolute finest, this disc is perfect for a quiet evening or a Sunday morning.
Stirring and powerful, Black Mambazo dispenses with all pretense, leaving an album so simple and disarming as to take your breath away.
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