The vocal call and response of Ladysmith Black Mambazo traces our world's civilizations from the very beginning. As a form of communication, singing has accompanied the advancement of societies far and wide. Our ancestors undoubtedly found it as pleasurable as we do. With a cappella singing providing a natural delight that cannot be replaced by modern technology, Joseph Shabala and company deliver a series of timeless messages that grab at your soul.
Except for "Mbube, colored in different textures by Taj Mahal's gritty blues vocals and fiery electric guitar, and "Shosholoza, which includes Hugh Masekela's mellow flugelhorn voice within its rich structure, Long Walk to Freedom is purely an a cappella album. Joseph Shabala, his stellar vocal group, and his endearing guests create a memorable experience.
Nearly every track is a high point. From the vocal percussion that they and Joe McBride employ on "Diamonds in the Soles of her Shoes to the vocal purity that Emmylou Harris adds to "Amazing Grace, the album comes recommended for all listeners.
Two selections are offered as music videos on this enhanced CD. Mambazo's audio-visual interpretation of "Long Walk to Freedom gives the group's audience a strong feel for what history has handed South Africa. Marking twelve years of democracy and weaving images of Nelson Mandela into the mix, the ensemble's five-minute video inspires. The video interpretation of "Raise Your Spirit Higher, from the album of the same name, emphasizes music over meaning, but with Mambazo in clear focus. The enhanced CD also includes a screensaver, eighteen color photos of the vocal ensemble, a written biography, and detailed release information.
Track Listing: Nomathemba; Hello My Baby; Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes; Homeless; Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain; How Long; Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) (Wimoweh); Amazing Grace / Nearer My God to Thee; Nkosi Sikelel lAfrica; Inkanyezi Nezazi (Star and the Wiseman); Shosholoza; Long Walk to Freedom (Halala South Africa); Thula Thula.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.