Shaka Zulu is a 1987 album by South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.Wikipedia
There are only so many albums that I get three tracks into and think \"Wow, I need this album in my life.\" It's so peaceful and beautiful. The fact that I went through the whole album and never missed instruments is a tribute to the incredible brilliance of the arrangements. The whole album has the same feeling, but it never feels boring or like it's dragging. 5/5
Beautiful. I don't understand a word of it and I don't have to. The acapella harmonies wash over you and just leave you floating in a sea of sound. It alternates between lively and hauntingly beautiful. Sure, it gets pretty repetitive, almost hypnotic at times, and I felt my attention wandering which is why it doesn't get a 5-star review. But, despite that, it's a great album and I'm glad it's on this list.
Smooth record, and thought I recognized them from Paul Simon's Graceland album! Africa refreshes me :)
Shaka Zulu was pretty good, not sure if it was because of the mood i was in or what but it was decent background stuff. tammy thought it sounded a bit like african gospel. wither way the gods must be crazy I give it three empty coke bottles
Love it. The companion piece to Graceland. The real heart and soul of that album on full display here. So pure and recorded with just the right amount of "space" and reverb. Feels very present but also very comfortable. Love the balance and stereo play between the ears on headphones. The unaccompanied human voice is the purest and sometimes most powerful way to experience music. Would love to hear this performed in person so I could really feel the vibrations of those voices.
It’s just so peaceful and blissful. Relaxing, weirdly enough. I love the harmonies and the rhythms of the vocals. Some mouth sounds, like clicking and hissing. Idk, I feel like I’m having a really nice spiritual experience. I really like it, but let’s be honest, they run together a lot. By the end of the record, I felt like I could really use some other instrumentation or something to break it up. The stomps and claps on the last track were so welcome.
Beautiful vocal music, a treat for ears. This album not only improved my mood immensely, but also gave a feeling of such pure joy. Happy, full melodies, in combination with a great mix of vocals.
First thought: weren't these guys "world music for people who don't like world music"? I sort of avoided them after hearing a couple of commercial crossover tracks, although they were good on Paul Simon's Graceland, which propelled them to stardom. I'm happily surprised by the quality of this. Great acapella harmonising with a small number of male voices. Recording seems fantastically done (and I think I read Paul Simon produced it?). There's a deep echo-ey resonance to the voices, which sail through the tracks, making it all sound easy. Personally, I find the English-language tracks aren't quite as enjoyable. Maybe it's because I can't understand the lyrics on the other tracks, so I'm just getting a pure enjoyment of the voices without literal meaning. Or maybe it's because these guys are more comfortable and practised in their native tongue. But in any case, it's still a solid album which makes me want to check them out more. 4/5. Edit: this also feels like a tokenistic inclusion on the list, given how little traditional/folk/ritual music is given coverage. But it would be stupid to hold this against the album itself.
Absolutely beautiful singing. Felt like Red in Shawshank Redemption listening to opera in the prison yard: "To this day I have no idea what those two Italian ladies were singing about. Truth is, I don't want to know. Some things are better left unsaid. I'd like to think they were singing about something so beautiful, it can't expressed in words, and it makes your heart ache because of it.” We read about Shaka Zulu, and talked about apartheid and Paul Simon, who produced this. Bought a copy on vinyl!
Slick. Did some background reading (like everyone else I think) and discovered these guys were the backup on Simon's Graceland. Cool. You could easily put this music on in the background and have it run all day - not disturbing, occasionally noticing something really special. And I think that's both good and bad in that it kind of all blends together. But if you had to have something that does that, it would be this sound. Beautiful, positive energy.
I remember Ladysmith Black Mambazo from Paul Simon’s music and read that he produced this album. The harmonies are amazing and so chill, which is the point of this style of music. Wawusho Kubani sounds like the call and response of gospel mixed in with Stomp. How Long reminded me of Barbershop Quartet and Rain, Rain was like 50’s Early rock. Overall, I wish I understood more of the lyrics, but I really appreciated the talent of the singers.
3.5/5. I don't know what to think of this. I have never listened to anything like this before. It did not sound bad. I didn't necessarily enjoy listening to it, but I also did not dislike listening to it. Interesting stuff for sure.
No coneixia aquest grup i el meu desconeixement de la música africana és absolut. Música sense instruments, només amb veus, i amb un punt espiritual. He començat a escoltar-lo amb interés, però m'ha acabat cansant.
This is the first time I've listened to a full Ladysmith Black Mambazo album and I really dug it. It's one I will listen to again for sure!
So I’m a sucker for world music, so I love this so far, although the Spotify link says 1969, not 1987. Love.
lion king meets choir
Este es un buen ejemplo de porque este ejercicio vale la pena. Es un disco que de otra forma jamás hubiera escuchado, y quizás requiera paciencia y un estado de ánimo muy específico, pero en ese contexto es una joya.
A masterpiece. 5/5 stars.
Phenomenally consistent harmonies
an absolute gem, who needs paul simon anyway
I find this extremely calming and beautiful. Wonderful that a group like this achieved international success.
Woah! I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Fantastic stuff!
What if you took the BEST part of the BEST Paul Simon album, and you made THAT into its own album?
This is the shit I am here for
This album was simply beautiful, coupled with the history of the album and the group, it's absolutely an album I would classify as an album that must be heard before you died.
Never knew this existed. Great music.
Pure, rich & beautiful tones. I was fascinated! Paul Simon connection?
Pure optimism. What a joy to listen to something that is musically amazing but resonates so powerfully.
Beautiful soothing sounds. Really pleasant relaxing easy listening.
35 years from first hearing this album I still can't find the words to properly describe it. I do enjoy it, though it isn't something that has been on regular rotation. Maybe that will change now
Graceful and soothing.
Only knew them from Graceland. This was a great listen.
Pure gold! This is the reason to have something like 1001 albums. Loved every minute and probably would not have found without this site!
Dope album. Virkelig vakkert!
Very calming, healing album. Goes great on a park stroll to just clear your head and energy. A lot of it blends together, language barrier issue but it smoothly transitions all the way through. Standout Tracks: Golgotha, Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain, Wausho Kubani? (Who Were You Talking To?)
Good shit. Calm, beautiful, peaceful
Another good album I never would have known
Definitely an album worth listening to. A unique sound and a joy to listen to. Yes, I just wrote that.
Cool album of beautiful a capella and amazing harmonies.
La verdad está muy chingón. "A surprise to be sure but a welcome one"
So peaceful and soothing.
Música africana. Shooting to fame as the vocal group on Paul Simon's classic album Graceland,
Beautiful and soothing. A much appreciated sojourn.
I liked it.
I liked it!! Different than my usual sounds, but :)
Good background music to work to
Such nice vocal music. I listened to it while at work and it was just the right amount of relaxing.
Vibes. A little repetitive
Great harmonies, good music for cooking or working
South African a cappella band, I liked it more than I expected.
Really enjoyed this
Listening to this while walking through the Bird Sanctuary was like a religious experience.
Beautiful sounds and use of voices
I really enjoyed this album. Went and listened to Graceland by Paul Simon afterwards
Familiar sounds reminiscent of Paul Simon's Graceland Album - As it should...
Very very relaxing, Enya vibes. Not my thing but a good listen
Really enjoyed the album, even that guy that kept making that clicking noise. Relaxing and beautiful.
“Oh yeah, those guys from that Paul Simon album. Whatever happened to them…?” These guys are great. Always enjoy hearing them. A capella music is always so refreshing to listen to, and this one I know none of the songs. Nice palate cleanser.
Great harmonies. Very soothing.
I don't expect many other entries on the list to sound like this. That's a shame, as the recording captures something unique and captures it well. There's a definite devotional aspect to the songs, though they neither present themselves as a logical series nor explode into true long-form. There's something wrong-way-rubbing about "world" music. Not sure if it's contextual or actually in the aura of the music, but as the body percussion comes in at the end of the LP that feeling sharpens.
Very pleasant and almost hypnotic sound. I can imagine that when this was first released it was groundbreaking.
Por un lado, qué bonitos y bien cuidados arreglos vocales. Creo que es el primer disco 100% a capella que nos ha tocado y me parece que es un gran ejemplo de algo que debes oír, aunque sea por abrir horizontes. Por otro lado, creo que todo lo no-occidental que hemos oído es africano, y quizá haya un tanto de sesgo en ese sentido. Eso, obviamente no le quita calificación a este disco.
Un disco muy muy chulo. La verdad en parte de eso siento que se trata el discos que "debes" escuchar, también es el punto de conocer y adentrarte en estilos musicales tradicionales que normalmente se pasan por alto. De todas las cosas con sonido africano que nos ha tocado esta es la más sencilla, auténtica y tradicional, aparte de ser un estilo de canto que me agrada mucho. Me hace pensar que me encantaría que hubiera algun disco por ejemplo de cantos de tuvan mongol, o canto tibetano, un disco de una obra de kabuki, hay muchos estilos musicales que cuadrarían perfecto en el punto de cosas que "debes" escuchar al menos una vez, dudo mucho que llegue a esos puntos la lista pero al menos esta entrada es agradable de ver. Punto interesante (y esperaría que no fuera la única razón por la que hubieran caido aquí o no habrá más cosas de este tipo) es que el grupo cantó con Paul Simon en el disco de Graceland y de ahí fue que se dieron un poco a conocer.
Something different on the list. A great sound, really calming and relaxing
You love ladysmith black mabazo. And for good reason. Wonderful choruses building momentum with turns and cannons. Authentic unsacrificing sound with beautiful lyrics. When the sun says goodnight to the mountain.
This is another band I came across quite randomly when searching for something different. I went to browse the foreign section of a record store and picked the one LBM LP they had (it wasn't the one 1001 sent us) since, based on the cover photo, they didn't look like they would be playing the same crap the radio stations were force feeding us. The picture sung a thousand words! Their singing is beautiful and they create lovely melodies without instruments. My personal music culture makes it tough to listen to an entire album of a capella. In the late 90s they put out an album that had Dolly Parton on lead vocals. On that LP they had instruments on the DP song and some other songs which mixed it up nicely.
Really great. Didn’t realise they’d been going for that long but just a great sound.
Ótima revelação de música africana.
Probably the most unique thing on this list so far. From the Graceland album. This was really badass but it’s definitely not something I could listen to every day. Fave tracks: “How Long”
Relaxing, joyous, blissful human voices in perfect harmony.
Eens iets anders dan ik gewoon ben. Ik zou hier op bijvoorbeeld 'Festival Dranouter' ongetwijfeld zeer hard van kunnen genieten. Het heeft iets gospelachtig, maar tegelijk wel dromerig. Maar ik ben niet compleet overdonderd
Really good introduction to their sound and very relaxing to listen to. Without knowing the lyrics, a whole album almost felt like listening to Gregorian chants or renaissance choral works.
For sure worked with Paul Simon. It's the spine of some of later work and you can hear it's influence over the last 35 years.
Prekrasno. Slušala sam album ujutro u krevetu sa slušalicama i 30 minuta nisam o ničemu razmišljala
At last, something different! Beautiful. To those who think Paul Simon exploited them, note that they had been together since the 1960s and recording from 1973 - yet no-one knew who they were outside of South Africa, until he brought them to worldwide attention practically overnight. Ask how exploited they feel about that.
They are fantastic, this album is transcendental.
really really cool listen
It was good until it jumped into some sort of fusión electrónica but then I realized Spotify just jumped to something else. So, it was quite enjoyable
Falleg plata, dásamlegar raddir og harmoníur.
Listen to this album at full volume. This album neeeeeds its full dynamic range. I listened to the first half in class. I had it about half volume so I could still hear the lecture. I didn’t reallly care about what was going on in the album. I was kinda bored and wanted it to end. During passing period I turned it all the way up and BAM it was beautiful. I noticed the difference right away so I restarted the album. It’s so smooth. The harmonies are like butter. I feel like I’m being sung a lullaby. It is a very very serene album.
an incredibly serene album. the harmonies are beautifully done. listening to this album was calming and immersive, even with how simple it was! i thoroughly enjoyed listening to this :) the mouth sounds (e.g. clicking, hissing) were an interesting and lovely addition to the singing. it adds another level to the a capella. i really appreciate this diverse recommendation and would love to hear more like it!
This was my first time hearing a full album from Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I have heard many songs from them and I have seen them in concert. "Rain, Rain Beautiful Rain” was the only track that seemed familiar to me. The rest was new, but in the familiar Ladysmith Black Mambazo style. "Unomathemba" was my favorite track and a great way to open the album as the deeper voices began filling in behind the lead vocals. Not a lot stood out from this album, but because I know that I enjoyed this listen, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo are a group that I like, I might be back for a second listen in the future.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Wasn't expecting this! What a pleasant surprise! It's not really in their full power but very clean and light. There should be more African a capella music out there!
O takie picki wlasnie nic nie robilem, powiew swiezosci prosto z afryki, moze tak prosto, bo plyta prawdopodobnie byla nagrywana w tym samym studio co Graceland Paula Simona, nie jest to bez znaczenia, bo tak jak ladysmith black mambazo mial swoj udzial w nagraniach materialow u Simona, tak Simon jest obecny na tym krazku jako osoba odpowiedzialna za produkcje i miedzynarodowy sukces tego zespolu z Ladysmith RPA, Shaka Zulu to 36 minutowy album zawierajacy jedynie wokale, wiec w zachodnim okresleniu gatunku bylby to album a cappella, ale w afryce na taka forme muzyki mowi sie isicathamiya, oznacza on tradycyjna muzyke ludu Zulusow, ktora bialy czlek rozpozna zwlaszcza po klikaczowych dzwiekach ktore spiewacy potrafia z siebie wydawac, juz wczesniej pojawila sie na liscie podobna pozycja od Pani Miriam Makeba, ktora podeszla do tematu bardziej w stylu muzyki popularnej, natomiast panowie z black mambazo daja bardziej kaplicowego viba, dodatkowo idealnie zbalansowana jest ilosc utworow w jezyku angielskim i zulu, czlowiek slucha czegos z czego slowa nie rozumie zeby plynnie przejsc do czegos rownie egzotycznego, ale juz z slowami ktore potrafi rozszyfrowac, rownie ciekawe jest jak jeden sukces potrafi zbudowac inny, gdyby pana Simona nigdy nie wywialo do afryki i akurat do tamtych rejonow, to o kapeli pewnie nikt poza rodzinnym krajem sie nie dowiedzial, a tak po sukcesie gracelanda udalo im sie sprzedac tak unikalne brzmienie szerszemu gronu sluchaczy i prawie 40 lat pozniej zespol nadal funkcjonuje, prowadzi fundacje majaca promowac kulture i muzyke zulu i nadal jest sluchany, jak nawet na urodzinach u krolowej z buckingham grali w 2k18, z 10 kawalkow na plejke rzuce po jednym z obu jezykow, zulusowm pickiem bedzie otwierajacy unomathemba, z angielskiego natomiast deszczowy song, zupelnie inne zabarwienie emocjonalne ma deszcz jesli jest spiewany przez kogos z czarnego kontynentu, wiec rain, rain, beautiful rain
Loved this music. Will be exploring more of their catalogue. Had obviously know that Paul Simon worked with a South African group for Graceland but didn't know they had so many albums of their own. 4/5
Chilled, melodic and beautiful, just lacking intensity and variety.
They are probably the most iconic inclusion on the Graceland album, and what made me fall in love then is on full display here. They demonstrate how little is needed to make beauty and emotion in music.
Great! I’ve never listened to this album before but I enjoyed it immensely!
Just not qualified to judge this but I enjoyed hearing it and I will listen again. I get the links to doo-wop and gospel, though I have no clue how innovative or subtle, etc. this might be. One is glad that world music, a mockable trend, did offer benefits such as introductions to bands such as this.
A great argument to listen to more foreign language music
If I was to describe this album in a single word it would be "evocative". Spectacularly recorded and produced by Paul SImon, you can see why this album was a global smash. Unlike most crossovers though, this one feels like it keeps most of its spirit without falling into the trap of diluting the sound to appeal to a western audience
Liked it way more than I thought I would. Good stuff.
"But you love Ladysmith Black Mambazo!" A lot of people know this group from that classic Mean Girls reference. And while Cady (the REAL Cady, not the Plastics Cady) has great taste, that's actually not where I first heard about them. I heard them in a song many years ago on a Josh Groban album on a song called "Lullaby". It's worth a listen, you should look it up. But regardless of where you first heard about them, they're great. Their sound is relaxing and mellow but without putting you to sleep. I can't tell you how many albums on this list are just DULL, or so mellow that they're basically rocked me to sleep. This album's a nice middle ground that way. Fave track: "How Long?" Harmonies are killer.
Omg. I expected not to like this album. Boy was i ever wrong. I love it. It's relaxing and it will definitely get an add in my shuffle
This has been a really important album to me that I’ve listened to be fore and I’ll listen to again, but on this listen through I didn’t find it as engaging as a I have in the past
So random, and equally good.
Relaxing african a capella gospel music. Puts you in a good mood during the work day!
I love this!
Very pleasant, soothing, cozy even. No edges on these harmonies just a pretty, thick blanket of song. I especially dig the lower range voices which are so resonant on this recording. Lovely.
This was good, but the songs sounded the same and kind of blended together.
"Shaka Zulu" is a studio album (I believe it is their 24th) from the South African male choral band Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The South African musical style is called isicathamiya which is best described by the European style a cappella. This album followed their collaboration with Paul Simon on his album "Graceland" and was actually produced by Paul Simon with assistance from Ladysmith Black Mambazo founding member Joseph Shabalala. This album is quite good. An album that lifts up your spirits. Great harmonies. The band recorded some older Mambazo songs as well as some actually in English. The album was the bands' first international hit and won the 1988 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Recording. "Unomathemba" begins things and the first thing you notice is the beautiful harmonies. It is happy sounding. They're laughing. They're keeping the rhythm with their feet stomping. The second song "Hello My Baby" is sung in English. There's kissing sounds. There is chanting. "Lomhlaba Kawawunoni (The Earth Never Gets Fat)" is one of my favorite songs on the album. Just beautiful harmonies. Sung in their native Zulu language. The album ends with "Wawusho Kubani? (Who Were You Talking To?)." More chanting. Hands clapping adds to the rhythm. Another song highlight. One of my favorite things about doing this challenge is coming across albums that you haven't heard before and you like. This album definitely is one of those. And if anyone likes the Paul Simon "Graceland" songs "Homeless"and "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" you'll probably like this since Joseph Shabalala was featured prominently in those songs.
Really amazing album. I've never listened to this one in full and it was great music to have on while working. It flows from song to song really well and just has a great vibe. I could definitely continue to revisit this one. Standout Tracks: this is difficult because it flowed very naturally through the album, so I didn't always clock the specific songs. It's really nice as a whole piece.
Not my bag at all. Not bad, just.. not me
Sounded alright but kind of repetitive.
neat. Classic blues progressions throughout, good rhythms and harmonies.
I know very little about this kind of music, I didn’t dislike it, but didn’t grab me either
a capella cultural tunes
Post-colonial coffee shop world music at its best. A lovely peaceful way to start the day, but feels a bit cringey at points.
Enjoyed them more with Paul Simon. Stand alone OK.
vocale africano.. in certi momenti ci sta
Way better than I anticipated. Puts you in a meditative frame of mind. Great reverb in the recording. Great intro into worldwide music.
Música "soul" a cappella africana.
Interesting and invigorating capella record from zulu band. For certain moments, but hard to beat on those specific moments....
Jaahas, mustaa gospelia synkimmästä afrikasta. Meininki on kuin Leijonakuninkaassa. Rentouttavaa musaa, mutta eipä tätä tule varmaan uudestaan kuunneltua.
Never heard of this, not bad at all!
This is really beautiful, but not really the kind of thing I normally listen to.
Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Golgotha Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Nice relaxing world music. Every song more or less sounded to the same, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing. I like getting these world music albums on this list.
Very calm, easy listening. Gets a little repetitive after some time, but I can't fault it too much, because I enjoyed listening all the way through.
The weird album indeed. Listened to it stoned, had a jungle book-like half-dream experience.
No doubt these folks are talented but this is not my type of music.
A but samey
Good for what it is
A bit backgroundy
Stunning harmonies, made the Acapella aspect much more tolerable
Without reading about it, I could tell this was the group who accompanied Paul Simon on Graceland. Not understanding the language is both a pro and a con. On the pro side, you focus more on the rhythm, tone, and cadence. On the con side, I mean, what’s Unomathemba? It’s nonsense to me. Some tracks have English translation for the title but still - not that useful. Generally, I’m stitching together prior knowledge and outright stereotypical knowledge to get the feel for this.
Love me some Lion King
Eerst was ik razend enthousiast, maar dat zakte een beetje toen ik de plaat voor de tweede keer ging draaien. Toen was ik gematigd enthousiast :)
Ik vind Graceland van Paul Simon echt een fantastisch album, dus daarom viel dit ook goed. Al is een heel album van dit soort samenzang wel iets té rustgevend :-)
A little too much of all the same. I loved them on Graceland - Homeless and Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes are fantastic. But then this entire album is mostly more of the same. The one track that caught my ear as sounding different was "How Long?" which had a bit of doo wop going on which was fun. Nothing wrong with the album, it was enjoyable to listen to...it just lacked variety.
Not my favorite but still enjoyable.
I enjoyed it, didn't realise these were the bank Paul Simon used for his Graceland album
Nice background music
It became background music too easily for me but i admire the musicianship
"But you love Ladysmith Black Mambazo!" Indeed a weird band to love. Fine African music. Bit slow, and made sleepy.
Absolutely gorgeous soundscapes created by this choral group. A treat to listen to. The production is spot on and the sound is crisp and clear enough to appreciate the individual voices within the ensemble. Another listen reveals that though the MUSIC LBM make is undeniably beautiful, the SONGS lack individual character thus that I can not say when one ends and another begins, leaving the experience ultimately lacking. Bottom some fine moments and overall some beautiful music but no great or memorable songs. 3.5 🌟
No lo terminé de escuchar pero la música acapella no me entusiasma demasiado. Me gustó lo significativa que es la existencia de esta banda con respecto al apartheid.
I only had a chance to listen to this once. Beautiful harmonies and they have achieved great success for an African choral group. I enjoyed listening to them in moderation.
It was cool, but not really my kinda thing
Good world music
Wow this album came out of nowhere. Not what I expected to hear at all. Not to say I didn't enjoy it. I started listening to it in the evening, and finished it this morning, and I have to say I enjoy it a lot more while looking out over some foggy countryside rather than the evening rat-race vibe.. I'm half expecting the sun to come out over the hills because of this album. While I enjoy it, I very much doubt I'll be putting it on again. It's one of those things I appreciate once, but won't feel the need to listen to again. I'm close to rating it a 4 as it is nice and bite-sized at only half an hour and it is just so very different from what I'm used to, but I'm gonna stick with a 3.
I found this album very hard to rate - it veered between strangely beautiful and strangely boring, and while I enjoyed listening I'm not sure how keen I'd be to repeat it. As I feel it could have sat anywhere in the 2-4 range I've gone middle of the road, but this is a 3 I'll definitely be listening to in the future to see if my feelings have changed.
The album listing says 1987, but it came out in 1970. Africa!
Interesting, though perhaps not my favourite of the bunch
Mellow. It's like South African doo-wop. Not for me, but it's fine.
SO relaxing and cool. No clue what they're singing, but that's okay!
Bilo bi 4 da je lito ide mala s ovog albuma hehe
African tribal music pretty low-key background music
Just a beautiful, calm acapella. I've got nothing more to say besides that, tbh. I wish I know the best mood listen to this again, perhaps a nice vacation morning or something.
I'm not a fan of acapella. I was really dreading listening to this 40-minute album in a language I don't speak and in a genre I don't care for. That being said, this is probably the best acapella album I've ever heard and I didn't hate it. Very chill, surprisingly doesn't get that repetitive and annoying. Made me feel something that isn't on the general list of emotions. Some bizzaro emotion like dorcelessness.
very African, quite cool
The album was interesting. I did not understand what was being said most of the time but that is alright. I do not think I will listen to the album again but I did not skip any songs and did not feel the need to skip any songs.
the kind of music I feel bad for not enjoying. but a pleasant departure from the normal fare on this list
I listened to this album seven hours ago, and I'm STILL waiting for Paul Simon to start singing.
Africana a capella. Se hace aburrido
Like the majority of other world music albums, nice to hear for the first time and learn about it, but nothing more
un album avec un bon fond, ca sonne graceland sans paul simon et les insturments. C'est très bon et relaxant. Je n'ai pas trouvé ca trop long mais ca prend le bon moment pour l'écouter. Cependant, il y a un peu de répétition. 3.5
I'm going to Graceland
Interesting, not really my thing tho. Good background music
I liked it, but to be honest it gets a little boring for an entire album, as opposed to being mixed into a Paul Simon album or something along those lines. 3 stars.
African a capella group. Enjoyed this, though it was a bit samey. Out of 207 albums I believe this is the first African artist, which is inexcusable considering the human history of music.
6/17/2022 - ALBUM #141 Today's Album: "Shaka Zulu" by Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Whereas the last album was very difficult to unpack, this one is quite easy. It's a collection of acapella tracks performed by a chorus of South Africans. Sonically, it stays pretty consistent throughout. The voices all are mixed very well to create a really nice ear-feel throughout the project and it begins to feel like you're in the center of this really soulful African campfire chant. All of the vocals sound super in tune and just overall solid throughout, with a really great vocal tone and inflection that the entire chorus is enacting. It definitely isn't the easiest thing to just throw on and enjoy from to bottom as the inflection in which the chorus sings each line does get a bit grating after being repeated over and over, but again, it does sound pretty pleasant throughout. The highlight Hello My Baby is mostly spoken in English so it makes it most accessible for sure, but I think the rest of the tracks have a level of quality pretty consistent to it, with the only difference being that they're not in English. Overall, this is a really interesting stop in this 1001 album journey, but it does just get to be a little bit much by the end of it. Give it a listen if you're super into South African a Capella and if you're not sure if that's your thing, give Hello My Baby a listen and see if you want to dive deeper. Highlights: Hello My Baby Score: 5.5/10 Very interesting South African a Capella songs.
Beautiful vocal harmonies. Enjoyed the seemingly random (probably wouldn't seem random if I could understand the lyrics) interjections of laughter, exclamations, rolling r's, small shouts, etc. Wish there were more of that to break up some of the monotony. Interesting, esoteric, unique.
I like the style of the music, it is really cool. Good easy listening. 3/5 I need to be in the right mood to listen to it
A rerecording of a selection of the South African traditional folk acapella super group's past hits for an international audience. The harmonies and voices are beautiful and relaxing, and the captured beautifully by this recording. I'm less keen on the English language songs. Rating: 3/5 Playlist track: Unomathemba Date listened: 06/07/22
I know I’ll be coming back to this one. A very soft 3.
Yeah, I like this, it’s good… But do I like it half as much as if it were feat. Paul Simon? Pretty much.
Music from the black soul. I like it.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo were the backing band on Paul Simon's Graceland, and this album sounds like it. ... Except for the fact, that all of the songs are a capella. It sounds nice enough, but just isn't my cup of tea. 2.5/5
Produit par Paul Simon! Pas mauvais, ancêtres des groupes a capela! Pas ma vibe mais pas pire!
I enjoyed listening to this album. Although the sound is full with all the variety of vocal sounds that fill the soundstage, a full album of acapella (choral?) music is too much for me. I'm glad I heard this album, but once is probably enough for me. 3 stars
Perfect, presumably. I don't know. An all-male gospel-leaning South African a capella group is a fairly esoteric thing. And yet it's universally accessible to anyone without intractable hostilities to "other sounds". Paul Simon increased their profile, of course, and well done to him. But don't stop at Graceland. The intricacies of their sonorities, grunts, supernal harmonies, and (apparanetly) danceable rhythms (don't try it in public, do try it at home) pack unearthly pleasures. Earthly ones, too.
I want to give this album a 2 but I really can't as it's not a bad album. It's just not for me. The singing beautifully comes togheter in harmony on this album and they're so talented. I'm glad that I listened to this album but it's not something I would listen to again.
C’est relax ça. La seule chose que j’aime moins, c’est l’influence américaine dans quelques chanson. J’aurais aimé que ce soit encore plus authentique.
pretty good international album!
Traditional African music has always interested me. While I was not at all expecting this album to be a cappella, I enjoyed it all the same. Favorite track: Wawusho Kubani?
Don’t know enough to be entirely critical but I think this is considered a good album. Talented for sure!
Relaxing listen, only really heard world music live before now
Relaxing, and the first album I feel asleep to, which no other album has even come close when I try. Not much actually notable about each song though.
did not expect acapella
Such distinctive voices and such rich harmonies. It’s all very calming and feels good for the soul, like going for a nice walk in the African countryside. I do think I’d prefer it if the choir occasionally had musical accompaniment though, like on Graceland, to add a bit of colour. Still, for an entirely a cappella album to hold my attention is no mean feat.
The musicianship is absolutely fantastic for what this band and this music is. What it is however isn’t for me. That’s not to take away from the utter beautiful found within this albums songs…I was just bored at some points.
Just not really my cup of tea.