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Rough Guide to the Music of South Africa

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  • Audio CD (26 Jan. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rough Guides
  • ASIN: B000001I1S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Nigizongena Kanjani - Izingqungqulu Zomhlaba
  2. Nyamphemphe - Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens
  3. Groovin' Jive No. 1 - Noise Khanyile & The Jo'burg City Stars
  4. House Of Exile - Lucky Dube
  5. Motherland - Yvonne Chaka Chaka
  6. My Kind Of Jazz - Tebogo
  7. Meva - Spokes Mashiyane
  8. Jive Township - African Jazz Pioneers
  9. Yaze Yangala - The Elite Swingsters
  10. Celebration - Bheki Mseleku
  11. Ungithatha Kanjani - West Nkosi
  12. Udlame - Soul Brothers
  13. Tsotsi - Boyoyo Boys
  14. Inkomo Zodwa - Miriam Makeba & The Skylarks
  15. Mbube - Solomon Linda's Original Evening Birds
  16. Kangivumanga - Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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South African music is diverse with many styles and variations. The Rough Guide to the Music of South Africa gives us an awareness of how fascinating the Zulu culture and music traditions are. Ladysmith Black Mambazo led by Joseph Shabala featured on this album, received international success and gives us a glimpse of how abundant this nation is - it is one of my favourite songs! This album provides an insight into Zulu, Xhoso and Sotho traditions. Their vocals reflect their culture and their modern sounds are incorporated to give us a fantastic sound and an album that can be appreciated and enjoyed by all! Recommended to all!
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one of my all time best cd , the music is so uplifting and happy , i mostly put it on when i am cooking as it helps pass the time , it is also nice to play on a nice sunny day well worth the little money that a paid for it.................
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My daughter was planning a trip to South Africa. The CD gave us a taste of the music there, just lovely.
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By Ab on 19 Dec. 2014
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Lovely introduction to S. African culture
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music of the South Comes to Life! 5 Mar. 2002
By Zekeriyah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD, yet another excellent compilation from the Rough Guide series, focuses on the musical traditions of South Africa, which have become fairly popular in the west in recent years. As one would expect, there is a track featuring the a cappella sounds of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and the heavenly voice of singer Miriam Makeba, but South African music is far more diverse than just that. There are such famous South African performers as the Soul Brothers, Boyoyo Boys and Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens, who all give excellent performances on this CD. Reggae has its roots in African traditions, and this becomes more appearent after you hear the South African reggae stylings of Lucky Dube. Jazz also has its roots in the African continent, and this can be seen in such songs as "Jive Township", "Yaze Yangala", "Celebration" and "Groovin Jive No. 1". All of these, while uniquely African, feature a jazzy groove which cannot be denied. If you listen to this CD, you'll find yourself dancing along to it yourself after a while. Its contaigous. Over all, this is an excellent CD, giving some insight into the diverse world of South African music today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide's South African Collection is a Good Start 30 Dec. 2000
By Michael D. Moon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Music of South Africa, a Rough Guide product, offers a nice array of talents from this talent-rich country. This could be a good CD for those interetsed in exploring the styles and sounds of South Africa. If it further intrigues the listener, it can become a springboard for more collecting of the lisatner;s favorites. Lucky Dube showcases the reggae sound. Dube has several fine albums. Mahlathini and the Mahhotella Queens, Miriam Makeba, West Nkosi, the Soul Brothers, and the African Jazz Pioneers are legendary in their country. Spokes Mashinyane is the Chuck Berry of pennywhistle music. Like most collections, significant artiists are left out. A more expanded edition may want to include Ringo, Busi Mhlongo (one of the greatest voices on the planet), Stimila, Bayette, and a "kwaito" band. This collection is a very good sampling, however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the greats of the genre 2 May 2003
By Andre M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are a fan of S/A music, this Cd will make your mouth water. If you don't have a clue, it's great introduction. All the greats (minus Hugh Masakela) are here. The Mahotella Queens make you want to stomp, Ladysmith Black Mambazo ring out like heavenly angels, and Miriam Makeba performs some early wonders with the Skylarks. The track "Grooving Jive" sums things up nicley. But hardcore fans of the music get a bonus with the inclusion of the tune that started it all, Solomon Linda's "Mbube" (1939) which has since mutated into "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." But enough of that, just get it and enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro 23 May 2004
By prodigalmidwestern - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Pretty decent CD. A good overview, but not fabulous. I suppose any compilation like this will not please all.
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