The Warner Brothers Collection

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Barnes & Noble - Abraham Velez
This alluring collection offers the cream of Ladysmith Black Mambazo's "discovery" period, when the world outside South Africa was just getting its first taste of the group's heavenly harmonies on Paul Simon's 1986 tour de force Graceland. Director Joseph Shabalala founded the ten-member Ladysmith in 1974, tying choral gospel music and traditional Zulu singing together into a soaring new brand of South African a cappella, sometimes referred to as mbube. Counting on the deep pulse of seven basses and only a couple of altos, it's a stark yet magnificent sound. "Hello My Baby" is flirtation of the sweetest kind, while "Unomathemba" is the call-and-response cry of an ...
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Barnes & Noble - Abraham Velez
This alluring collection offers the cream of Ladysmith Black Mambazo's "discovery" period, when the world outside South Africa was just getting its first taste of the group's heavenly harmonies on Paul Simon's 1986 tour de force Graceland. Director Joseph Shabalala founded the ten-member Ladysmith in 1974, tying choral gospel music and traditional Zulu singing together into a soaring new brand of South African a cappella, sometimes referred to as mbube. Counting on the deep pulse of seven basses and only a couple of altos, it's a stark yet magnificent sound. "Hello My Baby" is flirtation of the sweetest kind, while "Unomathemba" is the call-and-response cry of an orphan sung in pure Zulu. "Wawusho Kubani?" is a whimsical admonishment to would-be gossips, culminating in a mesmerizing, foot-stomping chant. There are breaks in the format, too: a full electric band jumps in on the funky hi-life of "Township Jive," and gospel stars the Winans join on the sweet, soft synth breaks of "Leaning on the Everlasting Arm." Nothing reveals Ladysmith's spiritual core quite as plainly, however, as their long, dulcet duet with Paul Simon on "Amazing Grace." Find out or rediscover what makes this group South Africa's supreme musical export on The Warner Bros. Collection.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
The Warner Brothers Collection covers the first three albums Ladysmith Black Mambazo recorded for the American major label in the wake of their mass exposure on Paul Simon's Graceland. There's nothing from the 1994 children's album Gift of the Tortoise, nor naturally is there anything from the group's smaller-scale recordings, which in the U.S. are covered by albums and compilations on Shanachie. But, given the title, you wouldn't expect that in the first place. Instead, this is a valuable look at some of Ladysmith's most accessible if not quite rootsiest material, with full English translations of all the lyrics. The Warner Brothers Collection also includes two tracks with Paul Simon "Homeless" and "Amazing Grace" and a collaboration with gospel's Winans "Leaning on the Everlasting Arm". All in all, it's an effective distillation for the casual fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2000
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227998622
  • Catalog Number: 79986

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Homeless - Paul Simon & Ladysmith Black Mambazo (3:49)
  2. 2 Unomathemba (A Girl's Name) - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (3:47)
  3. 3 Hello My Baby - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (3:10)
  4. 4 King of Kings - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (4:08)
  5. 5 How Long? - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (3:05)
  6. 6 Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (2:18)
  7. 7 Wawusho Kubani? (Who Were You Taling to?) - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (5:31)
  8. 8 Hamba Dompasi (No More Passbook) - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (3:35)
  9. 9 Ungayoni into Enhile (Destroy Not This Beauty) - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (4:10)
  10. 10 Ungakhohlwa (Don't Forget) - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (3:22)
  11. 11 Ibhubesi (The Lion Song) - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (3:35)
  12. 12 Township Jive - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (4:39)
  13. 13 Love Your Neighbor - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (4:01)
  14. 14 Leaning on the Everlasting Arm - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (4:52)
  15. 15 Hayi Ngalesiskhathl (Not Right Now) - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (4:10)
  16. 16 Cothoza Mfana (Tip Toes Guy) - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (1:17)
  17. 17 Amazing Grace - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Simon Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jimmy Cliff Composer
Paul Simon Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Ted Myers Annotation
John Newton Composer
Ray Phiri Producer
Joseph Shabalala Arranger, Composer, Producer
Russ Titelman Producer
Marvin Winans Producer
Ben Shabalala Contributor
Abednego Mazibuko Contributor
Albert Mazibuko Contributor
Geophrey Mdletshe Contributor
Russel Mthembu Contributor
Ino Phungula Contributor
Marc Silag Management
Julie Vlasak Art Direction
Jabulani Mwelase Contributor
Headman Shabalala Contributor
Pat Kraus Remastering
Shawn Amos Producer
Public Domain Composer
Cheryl Fugate Annotation
Mitch Goldstein Management
Joanne Morris Liner Notes
Jockey Shabalala Contributor
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