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Shaka Zulu

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

1987

Shaka Zulu

Album Summary

Shaka Zulu is a 1987 album by South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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Rating

3.05

Votes

4681

Genres

  • World
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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

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

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Tue May 25 2021
4

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.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Smooth record, and thought I recognized them from Paul Simon's Graceland album! Africa refreshes me :)

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Tue Apr 06 2021
3

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

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

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.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

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.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

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.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

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!

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

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.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

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.

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Wed May 19 2021
3

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.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
2

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.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

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!

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

So I’m a sucker for world music, so I love this so far, although the Spotify link says 1969, not 1987. Love.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

lion king meets choir

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Mon Jun 28 2021
5

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.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
5

Timeless

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Deeply moving.

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Tue May 25 2021
5

A masterpiece. 5/5 stars.

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Sat Jul 31 2021
5

Phenomenally consistent harmonies

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

an absolute gem, who needs paul simon anyway

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

I find this extremely calming and beautiful. Wonderful that a group like this achieved international success.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
5

Woah! I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Fantastic stuff!

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

What if you took the BEST part of the BEST Paul Simon album, and you made THAT into its own album?

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

This is the shit I am here for

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

Beautiful

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

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.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Never knew this existed. Great music.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Pure, rich & beautiful tones. I was fascinated! Paul Simon connection?

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Fri May 13 2022
5

Pure optimism. What a joy to listen to something that is musically amazing but resonates so powerfully.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
5

Beautiful soothing sounds. Really pleasant relaxing easy listening.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Afrikaaa

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

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

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Graceful and soothing.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
5

Only knew them from Graceland. This was a great listen.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

Pure gold! This is the reason to have something like 1001 albums. Loved every minute and probably would not have found without this site!

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Thu Dec 08 2022
5

Dope album. Virkelig vakkert!

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Fri Sep 25 2020
4

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?)

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Good shit. Calm, beautiful, peaceful

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Another good album I never would have known

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Definitely an album worth listening to. A unique sound and a joy to listen to. Yes, I just wrote that.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Cool album of beautiful a capella and amazing harmonies.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

La verdad está muy chingón. "A surprise to be sure but a welcome one"

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

So peaceful and soothing.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Música africana. Shooting to fame as the vocal group on Paul Simon's classic album Graceland,

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Great discovery!!!

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Beautiful and soothing. A much appreciated sojourn.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
4

I liked it.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

vibez

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

I liked it!! Different than my usual sounds, but :)

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Good background music to work to

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

Such nice vocal music. I listened to it while at work and it was just the right amount of relaxing.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Vibes. A little repetitive

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Great harmonies, good music for cooking or working

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

South African a cappella band, I liked it more than I expected.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Really enjoyed this

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Listening to this while walking through the Bird Sanctuary was like a religious experience.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Beautiful sounds and use of voices

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

I really enjoyed this album. Went and listened to Graceland by Paul Simon afterwards

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Familiar sounds reminiscent of Paul Simon's Graceland Album - As it should...

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Very very relaxing, Enya vibes. Not my thing but a good listen

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

Really enjoyed the album, even that guy that kept making that clicking noise. Relaxing and beautiful.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
4

“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.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Great harmonies. Very soothing.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

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.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Very pleasant and almost hypnotic sound. I can imagine that when this was first released it was groundbreaking.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

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.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

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.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

Something different on the list. A great sound, really calming and relaxing

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

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.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

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.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Really great. Didn’t realise they’d been going for that long but just a great sound.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Ótima revelação de música africana.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

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”

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Beautiful harmonies!

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Relaxing, joyous, blissful human voices in perfect harmony.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

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.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

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.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Lovely

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

Prekrasno. Slušala sam album ujutro u krevetu sa slušalicama i 30 minuta nisam o ničemu razmišljala

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

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.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

They are fantastic, this album is transcendental.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

really really cool listen

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

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

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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

Falleg plata, dásamlegar raddir og harmoníur.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

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.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

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!

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

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.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

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!

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

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

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

great album

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

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

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Chilled, melodic and beautiful, just lacking intensity and variety.

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Sun May 08 2022
4

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.

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Fri May 13 2022
4

Great! I’ve never listened to this album before but I enjoyed it immensely!

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

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.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

A great argument to listen to more foreign language music

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

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

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Liked it way more than I thought I would. Good stuff.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

"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.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

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

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

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

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

So random, and equally good.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

Relaxing african a capella gospel music. Puts you in a good mood during the work day!

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

I love this!

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

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.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

This was good, but the songs sounded the same and kind of blended together.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

"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.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

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.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Enjoyed

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

enjoyed this

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Mon Oct 12 2020
3

Not my bag at all. Not bad, just.. not me

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Tue Mar 30 2021
3

false

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Thu Sep 17 2020
3

Sounded alright but kind of repetitive.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

neat. Classic blues progressions throughout, good rhythms and harmonies.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
3

I know very little about this kind of music, I didn’t dislike it, but didn’t grab me either

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

3.1

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

great

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Sun May 23 2021
3

a capella cultural tunes

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Post-colonial coffee shop world music at its best. A lovely peaceful way to start the day, but feels a bit cringey at points.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Enjoyed them more with Paul Simon. Stand alone OK.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

gorgeous harmonies

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Timeless classic

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

vocale africano.. in certi momenti ci sta

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Way better than I anticipated. Puts you in a meditative frame of mind. Great reverb in the recording. Great intro into worldwide music.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Música "soul" a cappella africana.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Interesting and invigorating capella record from zulu band. For certain moments, but hard to beat on those specific moments....

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Jaahas, mustaa gospelia synkimmästä afrikasta. Meininki on kuin Leijonakuninkaassa. Rentouttavaa musaa, mutta eipä tätä tule varmaan uudestaan kuunneltua.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Never heard of this, not bad at all!

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Sun May 02 2021
3

This is really beautiful, but not really the kind of thing I normally listen to.

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Sat May 29 2021
3

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.

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Sat May 29 2021
3

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.

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Fri May 07 2021
3

The weird album indeed. Listened to it stoned, had a jungle book-like half-dream experience.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

No doubt these folks are talented but this is not my type of music.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

A but samey

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Good for what it is

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

A bit backgroundy

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

Stunning harmonies, made the Acapella aspect much more tolerable

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Tue Aug 03 2021
3

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.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

Love me some Lion King

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

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 :)

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

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 :-)

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

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.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

Not my favorite but still enjoyable.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

I enjoyed it, didn't realise these were the bank Paul Simon used for his Graceland album

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Sun Oct 10 2021
3

Nice background music

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

It became background music too easily for me but i admire the musicianship

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

"But you love Ladysmith Black Mambazo!" Indeed a weird band to love. Fine African music. Bit slow, and made sleepy.

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Sun Nov 07 2021
3

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 🌟

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

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.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

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.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

It was cool, but not really my kinda thing

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Good world music

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

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.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
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.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

The album listing says 1987, but it came out in 1970. Africa!

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Interesting, though perhaps not my favourite of the bunch

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Mellow. It's like South African doo-wop. Not for me, but it's fine.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

SO relaxing and cool. No clue what they're singing, but that's okay!

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

Bilo bi 4 da je lito ide mala s ovog albuma hehe

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

African tribal music pretty low-key background music

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

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.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

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.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
3

very African, quite cool

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

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.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

the kind of music I feel bad for not enjoying. but a pleasant departure from the normal fare on this list

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Sun Apr 17 2022
3

I listened to this album seven hours ago, and I'm STILL waiting for Paul Simon to start singing.

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Mon May 02 2022
3

Africana a capella. Se hace aburrido

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Sun May 08 2022
3

Like the majority of other world music albums, nice to hear for the first time and learn about it, but nothing more

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Haunting...

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Thu May 26 2022
3

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

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Fri May 27 2022
3

I'm going to Graceland

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Mon May 30 2022
3

Interesting, not really my thing tho. Good background music

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

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.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

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.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
3

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.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

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.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

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

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

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

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

I know I’ll be coming back to this one. A very soft 3.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
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.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Music from the black soul. I like it.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

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

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Produit par Paul Simon! Pas mauvais, ancêtres des groupes a capela! Pas ma vibe mais pas pire!

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

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

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

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.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

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.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

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.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

pretty good international album!

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

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?

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Don’t know enough to be entirely critical but I think this is considered a good album. Talented for sure!

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Relaxing listen, only really heard world music live before now

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

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.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

did not expect acapella

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

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.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

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.

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Wed Dec 07 2022
3

Pretty good.

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Fri Sep 11 2020
2

Just not really my cup of tea.

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