Homeland

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South Africa's legendary diva and freedom fighter, Miriam Makeba, has come home. HOMELAND, her first studio release in more than six years, celebrates her return from 30 years in exile, which began when the singer was taken under the wing of Harry Belafonte in 1959. Waxing nobly on high-minded topics -- universal love, children, and time healing all wounds -- Ms. Makeba's lyrics run from the profound to the too-tried-and-true, but her sentimental lapses are rescued by Cedric Sampson's crisp arrangements and the production smarts of the prince of contemporary Parisian Afro-pop Lokua Kanza, who has worked with Les Nubians and others. Makeba's voice has acquired new timbre as it's matured. Her delivery is confident ...
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South Africa's legendary diva and freedom fighter, Miriam Makeba, has come home. HOMELAND, her first studio release in more than six years, celebrates her return from 30 years in exile, which began when the singer was taken under the wing of Harry Belafonte in 1959. Waxing nobly on high-minded topics -- universal love, children, and time healing all wounds -- Ms. Makeba's lyrics run from the profound to the too-tried-and-true, but her sentimental lapses are rescued by Cedric Sampson's crisp arrangements and the production smarts of the prince of contemporary Parisian Afro-pop Lokua Kanza, who has worked with Les Nubians and others. Makeba's voice has acquired new timbre as it's matured. Her delivery is confident and convincing in an African idiom (Khosa, Lingala), somewhat less so in English. The standout tracks "Lewawechi" and "Unhome" are the most nearly traditional; gracious and sophisticated, they're buoyed by intriguing backups, just Makeba fronting percussion on "Lewawechi," and a jazz trio -- piano, bass and drums -- on "Unhome." The amped-up reprise of her trademark "Pata Pata" ("Pata Pata 2000") and the title cut, with a tough bass line and insistent percussion, show that this veteran performer has energy to spare. --Carol Amoruso
All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Now back home in South Africa, Makeba hadn't done much recording in the 1990s prior to this release, so Homeland amounts to a way of introducing herself to new audiences and updating older fans. Alas, the voice of the mighty Makeba, who was in her late sixties when this CD was recorded, frequently sounds worn and quavery these sessions may have been an aberration, for she could still summon much of her spine-chilling power of old at the Hollywood Bowl in summer 2000. But for those who followed her turbulent career through the struggles over apartheid, it will be heartwarming to learn that she has finally found some measure of peace in her life. The English lyrics others are sung in Zulu sing about coming home, healing broken hearts, living for love, and children. In the album's most touching gesture, Makeba's granddaughter, Zenzi Lee, aimed the lyrics of the title track right at her; the dauntless freedom fighter sounds so glad to be home. As a memory refresher, you also get "Pata Pata 2000," yet another retooled edition of her international hit from 1967, not radically different from previous versions except that Lee lends a hand with the lead vocals. The backing tracks are mostly low-key, controlled, contemporary in feeling; they don't ignite, but they don't get in the South African diva's way either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/2000
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248016443
  • Catalog Number: 164

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Masakhane (4:43)
  2. 2 Amaliya (3:14)
  3. 3 Pata Pata 2000 (3:51)
  4. 4 'Cause We Live for Love (4:37)
  5. 5 Liwa Wechi (3:31)
  6. 6 Lindelani (3:16)
  7. 7 Homeland (4:07)
  8. 8 Umhome (5:10)
  9. 9 Africa Is Where My Heart Lies (4:43)
  10. 10 In Time (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Miriam Makeba Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Barney Rachabane Alto Saxophone
Faith Kekana Background Vocals
Stella Khumalo Background Vocals
Zamo Mbutho Background Vocals
Louis Mhlanga Guitar
Wings Segale Background Vocals
Mauritz Lotz Guitar
Zenzi Lee Track Performer
Themba Mkhize Keyboards
Inoocent Modiba Background Vocals
Kwazi Shange Drums
Prince Lengoasa Trumpet
Technical Credits
Zamo Mbutho Arranger
Cedric Samson Liner Notes
Nelson Lee Horn Arrangements
Emily Lazar Mastering
Marvin Moses Engineer
Nick Heaton Engineer
Cedric Sampson Producer
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