The Warner Brothers Collection

The Warner Brothers Collection

by Paul Simon


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The Warner Brothers Collection

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/24/2000
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227998622
catalogNumber: 79986

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Simon   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

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
Shawn Amos   Producer
Public Domain   Composer
Cheryl Fugate   Annotation
Mitch Goldstein   Management
Joanne Morris   Liner Notes
Jockey Shabalala   Contributor

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