Amandla! [Original Soundtrack]
Just as the mesmerizing film is much more than the story of the struggle against apartheid or a history of South African freedom songs, Amandla! is much more than a soundtrack. Suffused with aching sorrow and spine-tingling joy -- both of which mask the simmering rage of repressed black South Africans -- the soundtrack is more of a companion to the film. Those bewitched by the revolutionary music, from Township jive to jazz to the unstoppable toyi-toyi, that galvanized South African resistance over a half century of struggle will find even more to enchant here. Judiciously choosing from the nonstop barrage of sweet, soulful music that is the movie, the soundtrack features many of the same stirring songs in alternate versions. For example, the anthemic "Y'zinga," rendered a cappella by Miriam Makeba onscreen is presented in righteous harmony by the Robben Island Prison Singers. Hugh Masekela's "Stimela" is preceded by the trumpeter's introduction of the song at a live 2000 concert, but the version that follows is the gorgeously hued 1974 original. Other transcendent tracks come straight from the film, notably the plaintive poems of Vusi Mahlasela, the funky piano jazz of Abdullah Ibrahim, and the powerful choirs of the Soweto Community Hall and the African National Congress. Spoken interludes add to the mix of studio tracks, live performances, and field recordings, providing a kaleidoscopic listening experience that's as moving as it is beautiful. Movie soundtracks are rarely this thoughtful, or affecting.
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- Ato Records
- When You Come Back
- Sad Times, Bad Times @@Original Cast Of King Kong
- Senzeni Na?
- Beware Verwoerd (Naants' Indod'emnyama)
- Y'zinga @@Robben-Island Prison Singers
- Injambo/Hambani Kunye Ne-Vangeli (The Stomps...Carry the Word of God)
- Nkosi Sikelei
- Thina Lomhlaba Siwugezi (We Have Cleansed This Soil)
- Thina Sizwe @@SABC Choir
- Folk Vibe No. 1
- Dubula Ngesi'bam (Shoot With the Guns...)
- Sobashiya Abazale @@Amandla Group
- Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)
- Did You Hear That Sound (Dreamtime Improv)
- Bahleli Bonke
- Kuzobenjani Na?
- "You Strike the Rock..."
- The Untold Story
- Iyo @@Harmonious Serade Choir
- Usi Letela Uxdlo (Nelson Mandela Brings Us Peace) @@African National Congress Choir
Performance CreditsBig Voice Jack Penny Whistle
Technical CreditsLee Edwards Engineer
Neal Snyman Engineer
Tony Mangurian Engineer
Rick Mitchell Engineer
Evert de Munnik Engineer
Jonathan Jacobs Engineer
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Amandla!, the film, is the winner of the Audience Award and Freedom of Expression Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. It tells the story of black South African freedom music and reveals the central role it played in the long battle against Apartheid. The soundtrack is the heart and soul of this film. Filled with legendary freedom singers like Mbongeni Ngema, Vusi Mahlasela, and The African National Congress Choir, the soundtrack moves the listener, taking him or her back to this struggle for freedom in South Africa. The album is also a great introduction to South African musicians and their style of carrying a message of movement through song. Perhaps the greatest quality of this album is its ability to motivate. This is music of a movement, an epic movement. We can all learn from these musicians how music can be used as an engine of motivation.