Zabalaza

Zabalaza

by Thandiswa Mazwai
     
 

It's taken South Africa's Thandiswa eight long years to appear with her debut album. In that time she's emerged from South Africa's storied Bongo Maffin kwaito group to emerge as a solo artist. And on her first outing she demonstrates quite a range, from the gospel of "Revelation" (which interestingly soundsSee more details below

Overview

It's taken South Africa's Thandiswa eight long years to appear with her debut album. In that time she's emerged from South Africa's storied Bongo Maffin kwaito group to emerge as a solo artist. And on her first outing she demonstrates quite a range, from the gospel of "Revelation" (which interestingly sounds more like down-home American gospel than its South African counterpart) to the muted jazz of "Ntyilo Ntyilo," with plenty of classy R&B in between. However, it's not the R&B typical of contemporary American charts. This is more thoughtfully arranged, not as spare, and without the kind of vocal histrionics so typical of divas. Thandiswa has an excellent voice, but she uses it in service of her songs, as on the title track, rather than needing to be claiming front and center stage with vocal gymnastics. There's also a strong sense of roots about this album, whether in the mbaqanga-styled "Lahl' Umlenze," an uplifting duet with Appleseed that looks forward even as it harks back to a '60s style, or the fact that she mostly sings in Xhosa -- a virtual guarantee that she'll be excluded from the mainstream American market. While not everything works -- sticking in the jazzy "Ntyilo Ntyilo" is a mistake, as it interrupts the flow of the disc -- there's a powerful sense of spirit here that marks Thandiswa as an artist with a big future.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2006
Label:
La Escondida
UPC:
0617465652523
catalogNumber:
6525
Rank:
216322

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thandiswa Mazwai   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Johnny Chonco   Acoustic Guitar
Zamo Mbutho   Background Vocals
Susan Mouton   Cello
Kelly Petlane   Flute
Andy Ross   Flute,Alto Flute
Khanyo Maphumulo   Background Vocals
Khuluiwe Sithole   Background Vocals
Sipho Gumede   Bass
Bheki Khoza   Piano
Fana Zulu   Bass
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull   Drums,Keyboards
Ivo Ivanov   Violin
Dominic Glover   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Marvin Moses   Keyboards
Sam Mataure   Drums
Wessel VanRensburg   Keyboards
Zoli Bacela   Guitar
Sipho Mxumalo   Background Vocals
Sipho Nxumalo   Background Vocals
Johan Mthethwa   Keyboards
Miro Chakaryan   Violin
Mlungisi Gegana   Bass
Khaya "Hayane" Dlamini   Saxophone
Appleseed   Vocals
Asanda Bam   Background Vocals
D Rex   Keyboards
Marjan Vonk   Viola
Sabata Masaka   Vocals
Kuki Mokubetsi   Vocals
Bongani Nkwanyana   Guitar
Nqobile Sibeko   Vocals
Isaac Mnca Mtshali   Drums
Nicky Shange   Vocals

Technical Credits

Simon Cotsworth   Engineer
Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick   Producer,Engineer
Dave Segal   Mastering
Dominic "Ski" Oakenfull   Arranger,Programming
Traditional   Composer
Marvin Moses   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Cindy Ellis   Photo Assistance
D Rex   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Thandiswa Mazwai   Composer
Alan Silinga   Composer

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