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.