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South African Choral—Songs of the Alexandra Youth Choir
is raw milk when compared to the homogenized product offered by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. From the outset, the most striking comparison is that the Alexandra Youth Choir is to Ladysmith Black Mambazo as Muddy Water was to B.B. King. That is each belongs in the same musical realm as the other but exist at opposite poles of refinement and mainstream viability. South African Choral is an exuberant example of where American Gospel came from. This is music of great energy and emotion, unencumbered by commercial exploitation. Highly recommended to all interested in South African music.
Track Listing: Uyameneza; Wena Malindi Unngawami; Kunothixo Omkhulu; Wandibiza Umngoma; Baba Baxolele; Valani Ezongango; Shapa Inbiza; Namhlange; Ene Eli Ntale; Redibbini; Kemokate; Dumelang; Saka-Band; Lons Bontate; Intombi Ikhaklelu Sakazange; Nansi Lentombi; Ayo Ayo; I Want To See; Toffolux; Nkosi Sikelela. (Total Time: 50:52).
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.