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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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: 2/7/2006
  • Label: La Escondida
  • UPC: 617465652523
  • Catalog Number: 6525
  • Sales rank: 224,150

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mkhankatho Interlude - Thandiswa (0:35)
  2. 2 Nizalwa Ngobani - Thandiswa (6:44)
  3. 3 Emzini Interlude - Thandiswa (0:21)
  4. 4 Ndiyahamba - Thandiswa (6:20)
  5. 5 Zabalaza - Thandiswa (6:41)
  6. 6 Revelation - Thandiswa (8:13)
  7. 7 Indaba Interlude - Thandiswa (0:18)
  8. 8 Lahl' Umlenze - Appleseed (6:10)
  9. 9 Ntyilo Ntyilo - Thandiswa (5:13)
  10. 10 Ndilinde - Tshepo Thsola (5:51)
  11. 11 Kwanele - Thandiswa (6:06)
  12. 12 Ndizakulibala - Thandiswa (5:22)
  13. 13 Transkei Moon - Thandiswa (4:57)
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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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