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The Star and Wiseman: The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The Star and Wiseman: The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The Star and Wiseman: The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Another Bargain From BARRIE’S DISCS……Whether they are singing hymns or secular songs, Ladysmith Black Mambazo always raise their voices in glorious harmony. They are the unmatched masters of the South African a cappella form known as isicathamiya or mbube, and this CD demonstrates their vocal prowess. The Zulu songs are ornamented by trills, yips, humming and tra-la-las and punctuated by the rhythmic clicks that are particular to the language. The English-language songs instruct and advise on the fine moral points of human relationships. While the mbube song form lends a certain similarity to the pieces, this group is so good that the music never seems redundant and the generous selection of 16 songs seems to go by too quickly. –Jeff Grubb

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  1. Jennifer Myers 12/08/09
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Harmony at it’s BEST!, 14 Nov 1999
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    This review is from: The Star and Wiseman: The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Audio CD)

    There is no sound like that of a chorus of South African voices in perfect harmony. Harmonising goes back years in South African culture and nobody does it better. (If you like such music, take a look at the 1995 Rugby World Cup “Anthems” CD. The competition was held in South Africa, so Ladysmith are featured quite a bit.) On this CD, they join up with some great artists (Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, China Black and PJ Powers) to provide brilliant renditions of some classics we all know – like “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes.” Overall, a great CD.

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  2. Aetherius1 12/08/09
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    Relaxing and exotic, 5 Oct 2005
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    This review is from: The Star and Wiseman: The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Audio CD)

    This is a wonderful album that has some fabulous songs on, especially the different versions of popular songs we know and love, such as “Swing low”. It’s great for those long drives too as it takes the boredom away! 🙂

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  3. Anonymous 12/08/09
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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    It depends on your choice of music., 1 Dec 2011
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    This review is from: The Star and Wiseman: The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Audio CD)

    I enjoy Ladysmith Black Mambazo very much I don’t understand their language but I enjoy the beat, the energy and the general sound and the skill that their songs are put together. I saw them live at the Bridgewater Hall Manchester a few year ago and they were fantastic.

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