Sikelela

Sikelela

by Amabutho
     
 

Sikelela is the eagerly anticipated debut album from Amabutho, seven young men who grew up in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, and the dusty streets of the Johannesburg township of Soweto. Their name is taken from the term for a regiment of Zulu warriors, but these are the gentlest of warriors. They deliver their soulful message of peace and unity via the sweet soundsSee more details below

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Sikelela is the eagerly anticipated debut album from Amabutho, seven young men who grew up in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, and the dusty streets of the Johannesburg township of Soweto. Their name is taken from the term for a regiment of Zulu warriors, but these are the gentlest of warriors. They deliver their soulful message of peace and unity via the sweet sounds of marimba, percussion, and effortless vocal harmonies. Voices and instruments conduct a seamless dialogue that in turn is sure to have the world music community talking.

The group features lead, tenor, and bass marimba players, augmented by conga drums, bass drums, djembe, shakers, and cow bell.

On Sikelela, the group add a contemporary freshness to traditional South African music. Their original compositions incorporate elements from Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho, and Tswana musical traditions. Lyrically, they deal with themes rooted in their daily reality, whether it be the crime that plagues their community, as on "Tsotsi" (Gangster) or their spiritual faith, as on "Sikelela" (Blessings).

Amabutho have been chosen to perform on the World Cup opening ceremonies in the smmer of 2010, both by themselves and as part of UMOJA, with whom they remain active. From the Label

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/08/2010
Label:
Alma Records
UPC:
0880504681024
catalogNumber:
68102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amabutho   Primary Artist
Charles Langa   Conga,Bass Drums,Marimbas
Mxegeni "Fresh" Hlatywayo   Vocals
Musa Ndaba   Vocals
Mamisa Dlamini   Vocals,Djembe
Tshidiso Phillip Mpobole   Conga,Marimbas,Vocals,Tenor Marimba,Bass Marimba
Thembi Nyandeni   Vocals
Thabiso Serobanyane   Marimbas,Vocals,Tenor Marimba
Thabani Buthelezi   Vocals
Sizwe Mntambo   Vocals
Siphiwe Nkabinde   Vocals
Sibusiso Xolo   Vocals
Sibongiseni Gordon Mnguni   Percussion,Vocals,Rainstick,Shaker,cowbell
Selebalo Phelemon Phele   Conga,Bass Drums,Bass Marimba
Sandile Sidwell Sithebe   Marimbas,Tenor Marimba,Bass Marimba

Technical Credits

Peter Cardinali   Producer
Rob Bowman   Interviewer
Denis Tougas   Engineer
Peter J. Moore   Mastering
Charles Langa   Composer
Mark Peachy   Direction
Johan Van Schalkwyk   Vocal Recording
Tshidiso Phillip Mpobole   Composer
Thembi Nyandeni   Composer
Thabiso Serobanyane   Composer
Sandile Sidwell Sithebe   Composer

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