Songs From a Zulu Farm

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Something of a follow-up to 1994's Gift of the Tortoise, Songs from a Zulu Farm is another Ladysmith Black Mabazo children's album, on which the nine-member South African male choir led by Joseph Shabalala sings traditional songs relating to children, specifically back home on the farm. Since the singing is in Zulu for the most part, the focus on nature, children, and animals may not be immediately apparent to an English speaker, who will hear the disc as a typical collection of a cappella singing, with Shabalala taking a lead part in front of the group's harmonies on short, repeated phrases. But occasionally the sounds of laughing children and animals intrude, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Something of a follow-up to 1994's Gift of the Tortoise, Songs from a Zulu Farm is another Ladysmith Black Mabazo children's album, on which the nine-member South African male choir led by Joseph Shabalala sings traditional songs relating to children, specifically back home on the farm. Since the singing is in Zulu for the most part, the focus on nature, children, and animals may not be immediately apparent to an English speaker, who will hear the disc as a typical collection of a cappella singing, with Shabalala taking a lead part in front of the group's harmonies on short, repeated phrases. But occasionally the sounds of laughing children and animals intrude, and occasionally an English phrase is used, such as in "Imithi Gobakahle Children Come Home." Children on the farm in South Africa face issues that may not be encountered elsewhere, as is apparent in "Ntulube Away, You River Snakes." But they seem to be as fascinated by animals as children anywhere, and it's no surprise that "Old McDonald…Zulu Style" sounds like "Old McDonald" in other countries, complete with the sounds the animals make, common in any language.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2011
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018312721
  • Catalog Number: 83127
  • Sales rank: 72,161

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Primary Artist
Joseph Shabalala Leader, Group Member
Abednego Mazibuko Group Member
Albert Mazibuko Group Member
Russel Mthembu Group Member
Thulani Shabalala Group Member
Msizi Shabalala Group Member
Babuyile Shabalala Vocals, Guest Appearance
Thobani Shabalala Vocals, Guest Appearance
Thamsanga Shabalala Group Member
Spha Shabalala Vocals, Guest Appearance
Sibongiseni Shabalala Group Member
Sabelo Mthembu Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ngane Djamini Group Member
Mazwi Shabalala Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jabulane Mthembu Vocals, Guest Appearance
Gagamela Shabalala Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Dave Love Executive Producer
Joseph Shabalala Composer, Producer
Martin Walters Engineer, Mastering
Russel Mthembu Composer
Traditional Composer
Mitch Goldstein Producer, Executive Producer, Management
Joe Picciano Engineer
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