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Africa Calling

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Lorraine Klaasen is certainly one of the best, if not deepest-rooted South African song stylists to come down the pike since the legendary Miriam Makeba. With the passing of Makeba, Klaasen carries the torch for both the aforementioned icon, and also for her famous mother, Thandie Klaasen. Helping is guitarist Mongezi Chris Ntaka (formerly with Lucky Dube) and bassist Bakithi Kumalo (with Dube and on Paul Simon's Graceland album) adding pure authenticity to the proceedings. While the music is in the Afro-pop realm, it touches on sotho funk, kwela, zulu, and xhosa aspects of village life while adding dance beats and feelings of triumph, with Klaasen singing in either ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Lorraine Klaasen is certainly one of the best, if not deepest-rooted South African song stylists to come down the pike since the legendary Miriam Makeba. With the passing of Makeba, Klaasen carries the torch for both the aforementioned icon, and also for her famous mother, Thandie Klaasen. Helping is guitarist Mongezi Chris Ntaka (formerly with Lucky Dube) and bassist Bakithi Kumalo (with Dube and on Paul Simon's Graceland album) adding pure authenticity to the proceedings. While the music is in the Afro-pop realm, it touches on sotho funk, kwela, zulu, and xhosa aspects of village life while adding dance beats and feelings of triumph, with Klaasen singing in either African or English lyrics. There's the electricity of "Ziyaduma," with a pure beat reflecting the duality of representing thunder and the fact that it's all happening in the moment, while the modern modal popping rhythms infused in "Imbizo" bridge the gap between modern and traditional. Klaasen herself is effervescent, a driven vocalist who minces very few lyric lines with sentimentality, although she does offer occasional tender moments. She's driven to deliver the message for the most part, chanting with the group vocalists during the mixed and separate polyrhythms of "La Reine/The Queen," dancing in retro-disco fashion on "Spring in Every Season," or offering the celebratory wedding song "Jabulani" -- not Abdullah Ibrahim's composition of the same name. Africa Calling is a joy to hear from start to finish, a fully realized project, universally understandable, good for any party, ready to steal your heart and soul with a running start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2010
  • Label: Justin Time Records
  • UPC: 068944023127
  • Catalog Number: 231
  • Sales rank: 350,796

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jabulani (4:39)
  2. 2 Ziyaduma (4:22)
  3. 3 La Reine (5:58)
  4. 4 Spring In Every Season (4:20)
  5. 5 Imbizo (5:00)
  6. 6 Malayisha (3:55)
  7. 7 Africa Calling (5:48)
  8. 8 Ngiyabonga (5:10)
  9. 9 Mina Nawe (4:45)
  10. 10 Ntyilo Ntyilo (5:04)
  11. 11 In My Dream (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lorraine Klaasen Primary Artist, Vocals
Guy Belanger Harmonica
Bakithi Kumalo Electric Bass
Danny Blanco Background Vocals
Masauko Chipembere Vocals
Tony Albino Drums
Mongezi Chris Ntaka Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Daniel Bellegarde Percussion
Samito Matsinhe Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Nadia Theobel Background Vocals
Liziwe Mahashe Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jim West Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Masauko Chipembere Composer
Mongezi Chris Ntaka Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Yves Jean Composer
Alan Silinga Composer
Bill Szawlowski Engineer, Mastering
Lorraine Klaasen Composer
Jordan Ringo Composer
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