Songs from a Zulu Farm

Songs from a Zulu Farm

by Ladysmith Black Mambazo


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2011
Label: Razor & Tie
UPC: 0793018312721
catalogNumber: 83127
Rank: 92478

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
Russel Mthembu   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mitch Goldstein   Producer,Executive Producer,Management
Joe Picciano   Engineer

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