Ladysmith Black Mambazo :: Songs From A Zula Farm


Ladysmith Black Mambazo werd wereldberoemd toen Paul Simon de groep vroeg mee te zingen op Graceland. Ze waren de onbetwiste sterren van die CD, waarvan er vele miljoenen werden verkocht. Ze hebben zelf inmiddels ook meer dan 30 CD’s gemaakt. Songs From A Zulu Farm, hun nieuwe CD, is een fantastische verzameling Zuid-Afrikaanse volksmuziek en een mijlpaal in hun lange carrière. Met deze liedjes groeiden de groepsleden op en de gedrevenheid waarmee ze die hier vertolken, maakt dit tot iets heel bijzonders. Alleen stemmen, en af en toe het geluid van kinderen, regen en donder, is genoeg om je drie kwartier lang kippenvel te bezorgen. 

Since their earliest recordings, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has maintained a respect and a reverence for their past. Indeed, the centuries-old story of their homeland – sometimes joyous, sometimes troubled, but always rich and exhilarating – has been at the very foundation of this vocal group since its very beginning.
But alongside the South African history witnessed by an entire world, there’s a quieter, more personal past shared by the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo – a time of youth and innocence, when the world consisted of nothing more than the hills and open fields of their parents’ farms in Zulu country.
Before the stage performances, before the collaborations with other artists, before the Grammy awards, before all of that and so much more, the only songs these children knew were the traditional folk tunes handed down to them by their parents, their grandparents, and the countless generations that preceded them.

And yet, for all the decades that have come and gone, these songs are still very much alive. Ladysmith Black Mambazo shares them with the world in their new recording, Songs From A Zulu Farm, set for release in February, 2011.
Founder and frontman Joseph Shabalala and the other members of the group recreate the idyllic world in which they once lived and offer a glimpse of it to fans and audiences around the globe. To say this is their most personal work to date would be an understatement.

For over forty years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The multi- Grammy Award winning group return with a deeply personal collection of songs handed down by their forefathers. While Songs From A Zulu Farm may originate from the culture of South Africa, it speaks to certain joys of childhood that are universal.

1   Yangiluma Inkukhu (The Biting Chicken)
2   Zulu Laduma (Voices Like Thunder)
3   Imithi Gobakahle (Children Come Home) 
4   Cabhayeye (Puddles!)
5   Ntulube (Away, You River Snakes)
6   Wemfana (Bad Donkey)
7   Ekhaya (Don’t Leave Home Too Soon) 
8   Wemfazi Ongaphesheya (River Talk) 
9   Leilyafu (Clouds, Move Away)
10 Uthekwane (The Prettiest Bird ?)
11 Imbongolo (The Donkey’s Complaint) 
12 Ixegezi (Catch The Bird)
13 Lezonkomo (Praise The Cows & Bulls)
14 Vuka (Wake Up Little Chicks)
15 Thalaza (I Miss My Home, I Miss The Farm
16 Old McDonald…Zulu Style

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