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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Male World Ensemble from Ladysmith, South Africa.

For over forty years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of theirnative South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. Their musical efforts over the past four decades have garnered praise and accolades within the recording industry, but also solidified their identity as a cultural force to be reckoned with.

Assembled in the early 1960s, in Durban South Africa, by Joseph Shabalala (still currently leading the group) - then a young farmboy turned factory worker -Joseph took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ladysmith being the name of Shabalala's rural hometown; Black being a reference to oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo being the Zulu word for axe, a symbol of the group's ability to "chop down" any singing rival who might challenge them. Their collective voices were so tight and their harmonies so polished that they were eventually banned from competitions - although they were welcomed to participate strictly as entertainers.

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2013 - Grammy Winner - Best World Music Album - Live: Singing For Peace Around The World
2008 - Grammy Winner - Best Traditional World Music Album - Ilembe - Honoring Shaka Zulu
2004 - Grammy Winner - Best Traditional World Music Album - Raise Your Spirit Higher
1987 - Grammy Winner - Best Traditional Folk Recording - Shaka Zulu

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Best of Ladysmith Vol 1 : 1 CD : 43098

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Best of Ladysmith Vol 1

The intricate and beautiful style of South African harmony singing, known as mbube, was brought to the world by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. This CD is a compilation of the first twenty years of their work. These a cappella songs are sung in Zulu with two in English. Selections include "Izithembiso Zenkosi," "That's Why I Choose You," "Ungikhumbule" and "Induku Zethu." This dynamic group always amazes with its breathtakingly gorgeous harmonies.

Songlist: Izithembiso zenkosi, Kubi ukungalaleli, Uphi Umhlobo, yimani, silgugu isiphambano, limnandi izulu, ayanqikaza amagwala, that's why i choose you, isimanga salomhlaba, ungikjumbule, amafutha esibane, udla nge'nduku zabanye, lifikile ivangeli, pauline, induku zethu, isono sami sentombi

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9110c | 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Best Of Ladysmith Vol 2 : 1 CD : 66012

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Best Of Ladysmith Vol 2

Anyone familiar with the group's history knows the immense respect the group has garnered through a career spanning over forty albums. Though their appearances with Paul Simon raised their profile significantly, their vibrant rhythms and joyful voices have been attracting international audiences for many years prior. Sung in the native languages of South Africa, this in fact adds to the enjoyment of the record, as one is drawn in and captivated by the repetitive mantra of the sounds themselves, and the honest feeling that they express.

Songlist: uligugu lami, nkosi yami ngabusiswa, limnandi evangeli, igazi lemihlatshelo, woza emthonjeni, ngingahlanzwa ngani na, homeless, ujesu wami, vuka jona sithandaze, ulwandle oluncgwele, uzube nami baba, we. njliziyo yami, zintombi, mangosuthu, siyawadinga amandla, khayelihle khaya lami

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9118c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Classic Tracks : 1 CD : 43074

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Classic Tracks

By the time Ladysmith Black Mambazo became known in the United States they had recorded twenty or so albums in South Africa on the Gallo label. Many of them had gone gold. Only a few of those earlier recordings have been released here since they began their recording for the U.S. market with Shaka Zulu. In 1990 Shanachie compiled this wonderful disc of tracks taken from Ladysmith's Gallo discography which had been originally released in South Africa. These are some of the songs which made mbube songs famous through out Africa long before they were heard by a U.S. audience, except for small audiences of eclectic non-commercial radio stations. This is the sound that captivated Paul Simon and stimulated his desire to work with them.

Songlist: lonyaka, uphi umhlobo, isimanga salomhlaba, limnandi evangeli, uligugu lami, uma ngingena esontweni, intando ka thix, amafutha esibane, khwishi khwishi, ujesu wami, hamba angikhathali, nxa ebizwa amagama, bamnqobile, nansi imali

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9101c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Gift of the Tortoise : 1 CD : 42553

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Gift of the Tortoise

This release from Ladysmith takes the entire family on an enchanting musical journey trough the rich and wondrous land of the Zulu people. The combination of great music and lively introductions in English delights children and adults alike.

Songlist: Introduction, Kanje Kanje, Rain Chant, There Come Our Mothers, Nomyekelo, Finger Dance, Thekwane, Vulani Ringi Ring, Boy Who Turned Into a Cat, Paparam Vingo, Shabala, Two Shellent, Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight), Peace Be With You

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9100c | 1 CD | $12.95 | A Cappella

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Heavenly : 1 CD : 64098

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Heavenly

Ladysmith crosses cultural boundaries more than ever before to bring their musical message to a wider audience. The lineup of musicians who with whom they work is fabulous. The album begins with one of the most complex pieces of music imaginable from Joseph who admits that his music is very difficult to sing. Dolly Parton leads "Knockin' On Heavens Door." "O Happy Day" and "Take My Hand Precious Lord" features vocalist Betty Griffin. Phoebe Snow is lead singer on "People Get Ready." Bill Champlin does the lead vocal on "River Of Dreams." You'll find Lou Rawls in lead on "Chain Gang" and Hana "Coyote" Motijoane sings lead on "I'll Take You There." Among these instrumentally accompanied guest appearances which explore American gospel and R&B are an equal number of Ladysmith familiars. It's wonderful how many artists seek to share the message of hope and joy with Ladysmith Black Mambazo!

Songlist: Yitho umlilo ovuthayo, Knockin' on Heavens Door, Oh Happy Day, People Get Ready, Take My Hand, Precious Lord, Sohlabelelu Hosana, I'll Take You There, Rain, Rain Beautiful Rain, River of Dreams, Jesus Is My Leader, Chain Gang, He Showed Me His Hands, Ilungelo ngelakho

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9116c | 1 CD | $14.98

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : How The Leopard Got His Spots : 1 CD : 0715

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : How The Leopard Got His Spots

Another winner in the Rabbit Ears series, combining the finest musicians, in this case Ladysmith; with the powerful voices of star actors and actresses, in this case Danny Glover; to re-tell a classic children's story aimed at the whole family. In other words, they went for the highest quality on all fronts, and it shows. "How the Leopard," of course, takes place in Africa, and Ladysmith's music almost defines the sound of Africa. Glover's gravelly voice holds our attention on every word. A classic story, presented with some of the most powerful vocals on the planet (both sung and spoken)-it adds up to a winner. And the dozens of awards, from Grammys to Parent's Choice, only tell us what we already know!

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9107c | 1 CD | $12.98 | A Cappella

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Ilembe - Honoring Shaka Zulu : SACD : 9133

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Ilembe - Honoring Shaka Zulu

In the late 1700s, the Zulus were an obscure tribe of less than 2000 South African natives, ruled by a petty chief and seemingly doomed to eventual extinction. But when one charismatic and cunning young warrior, Shaka Zulu, emerged from this small, disorganized clan, the path of South African history changed forever. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has conquered nations in its own way with a joyous and spiritually charged brand of vocal music and native choreography, pays tribute to this historical icon with their latest release. The album title translates to "The Greatest Warrior," and either directly or indirectly, each of the tracks speaks to Shaka's rare combination of attributes and how they resonate in contemporary society - not just for South Africans, but for the world in general.

Songlist: O mmu beno mmu, Kuyafundw' osizini (Ilembe), Vela nsizwa, Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love), Umon' usuk' esweni, Sizobalanda, This Is the Way We Do, Iphel' emasini, Asekhon' amatshitshi, Hlala nami, Prince of Peace, Iphel' emasini (Nature Effects)

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9922c | SACD | $11.95 | A Cappella

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Journey Of Dreams : 1 CD : 25753

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Journey Of Dreams

Journey of Dreams began in the late 1950's in Joseph Shabalala's dreams. Joseph writes. "This Journey of Dreams began a long time ago, while I was still a young boy on the farm and children would come to my dreams and sing to me. Now that we have made this record working with Russ Titelman and blessed by Paul Simon's guidance, I feel the dreams are now living inside the music as never before. For the first time I have made the music on record exactly as my dreams would tell me and for this I am grateful. Because the world listens now and that means the Journey of Dreams goes on and on." You can experience that dream with this baker's dozen songs which are, all but one, sung in Zulu. That one is the finale, "Amazing Grace" arranged and sung with Paul Simon. Don't miss the dream!

Songlist: Umusa Kankulunkulu (Mercy of God), Lindelani (Get Ready), Ukhalangami (You Cry for Me), Bavinbindlela (The Stumbling Block), Bhasobha (Watch), Nomakanhani (Dark or Blue), Hamba Dompasi (No More Passbook), Ungayoni Into Enhle (Destroy Not This Beauty), Ampahiko Okundiza (Wings to Fly), Wayibambezela (Don't Waste Her Time), Ungakhohlwa (Don't Forget), Ibhubesi (The Lion Song), Amazing Grace

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9117c | 1 CD | $11.95

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live At The Royal Albert Hall : 1 CD : Shan 66023

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live At The Royal Albert Hall

The first live recording, captured from their sold-out appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall. The South-African Ladysmith has an international reputation, acting as informal ambassadors of musical goodwill. Though we were unable to listen to this CD prior to publication, we know it contains many of the group's most popular songs, including "Homeless," written by Paul Simon. We can be sure that Ladysmith's performance will be a joyous event.

Songlist: Introduction, Vulani Amasango (Open the Gates), Ngamthola, Hello My Baby, Abadala, King of Kings, Wena Othanda, Indanyezi Nezazi (Star and the Wiseman), Ngothandaza Njalo (I Will Keep on Praying), Rain Rain Beautiful Rain, Phansi Emigodini (Deep Down in the Mines), Homeless

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9736c | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : No Boundaries : 1 CD : 3092

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : No Boundaries

"No Boundaries" is a rare treat, combining the talents of legendary Ladysmith with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by by Finnish pianist and composer Ralf Gothoni, with most arrangements by Swedish composer Isak Roux. 12 songs, some of our favorites were written by Ladysmith's Joseph Shabalala, the powerful "Jabulani-Rejoice," "Homeless," Awu Wemadoda," "Ngingenwe Emoyeni" (Wind of the Spirit of God), and "Lifikile Ivangeli." Other favorites are the Paul Simon and Shabalala-arranged "Amazing Grace," the playful Roux arrangement of "Dona Nobis Pacem," the moving "Umzuzu Nayi Ujesu," Schubert's "Sanctus," Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus" and Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" are given a rhythmic, African flavor, and the Roux-arranged "Walil' Umtwana" (The Child is Crying) is a beautiful finish to a joyful cross-cultural collaboration of musical talent! Gorgeous, colorful liner notes.

Songlist: Jabulani - Rejoice, Homeless, Awu Wemadoda, Amazing Grace, Dona Nobis Pacem, Ngingenwe Emoyeni, Umzuzu Nayi Ujesu, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Sanctus, Ave Verum Corpus, Lifikile Ivangeli, Walil' umtwana (The Child is Crying)

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9863c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Accompanied

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Raise Your Spirit Higher : 1 CD : HUSA 3083

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Raise Your Spirit Higher

The thirteen brand new tracks (first release of new material since 1977) on "Raise Your Spirit Higher - Wenyukela" reiterate the message that has transcended Black Mambazo's music since the group's earliest days. Survivors of the apartheid movement that divided South Africa for generations, the group widens their scope on this record and addresses many of the same kinds of struggles and cultural clashes that persist around the world. In English, the word Wenyukela means "raise your spirit higher," but the language of Shabalala's stirring and richly layered vocal compositions is universal. Raise Your Spirit Higher-Wenyukela is Black Mambazo's message of hope and unity to a troubled world.

Songlist: Wenyukela (Raise Your Spirit Higher), Uqinisil' Ubada (Lord Is the Light and Truth), Selingelethu Sonke, Wangibambezela (Message from His Heart), Wenza Ngani? (How Did You Do That?), Udidekil' Umhlaba (Lord's Work), Iyahlonipha Lengane, Wamlul' Umshado (Beautiful Wedding), Because I Love, Black Is Beautiful, Music Knows No Boundaries, Fak' Ibhande (Don't Drink and Drive), Tribute

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9827c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Shaka Zulu : 1 CD : 25582

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Shaka Zulu

As Joseph Shabalala said when he was talking about recording Shaka Zulu, "Umcolo uthokozisa abadabukileyo." This means, "singing makes all the sad people happy because it is the voice of happiness." It also means that he was overjoyed to have been able to record his first U.S. release which was produced by his good friend, Paul Simon. It was 1987, and after recording twenty five records in Africa his musical message was finally becoming international. That message was, and is today, take pride in your heritage, create joy in your life and embrace all people. The strength of the message and the beauty of its musical transmission was reason for Shaka Zulu being awarded a Grammy in 1987 for Best Traditional Folk Recording. It also marks the beginning of Joseph's habit of writing some songs in English in order to make his music more accessible to our very different culture. This is a great recording for introducing new listeners to Ladysmith's music.

Songlist: Unomathemba, Hello My Baby, Golgotha, King of Kings, Lomhlaba Kawunoni (The Earth Never Gets Fat), How Long?, Ikhaya Lamaqhawe (Home of the Heroes), Yibo Labo (These Are the Guys), Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain, Wawusho Kubani? (Who Were You Talking To?)

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9114c | 1 CD | $11.95 | A Cappella

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Songs From a Zulu Farm : 1 CD : 793018312721 : RAZ83127.2

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Songs From a Zulu Farm

"Songs from a Zulu Farm" is the 16th excellent album by Ladysmith, in addition to 4 live performance DVDs. These nine Zulu men, led by leader/founder Joseph Shabalala, are one of our favorite African Choral groups of all time; and their hythmic mbube songs made them famous throughout Africa long before Paul Simon was captivated by their music and wrote and recorded with them. Several of their albums, notably "Gift of the Tortoise" and "How The Leopard Got His Spots" with Danny Glover, are directed at children, and so is "Songs from a Zulu Farm." Since their earliest recordings, the men of Ladysmith have maintained a reverence for their past, a time of youth and innocence, when the world consisted of the hills and open fields of their parents' farms in Zululand. The English translations of these 16 song titles tells the story: "Away, You River Snakes," "Bad Donkey," "Don't Leave Home Too Soon," "River Talk," "Clouds, Move Away!," "The Prettiest Bird?," "The Donkey's Complaint," "Catch The Bird," "Praise the Cows and Bulls," "Wake Up, Little Chicks," "I Miss My Home, I Miss the Farm" and "Old MacDonald, Zulu Style." The hypnotic rhythms, the joyous harmonies, all make us want to accept LBM's invitation to come home with them, a home that nurtured and taught these exceptional singers. Colorful and extensive liner notes, and the music, throughout, complete with animal and other sound effects, is beautiful and touching!

Songlist: Yangiluma Inkukhu (the Biting Chicken), Zulu Laduma (Voices Like Thunder), Imithi Gobakahle (Children Come Home), Cabhayeye (Puddles!), Ntulube (Away, You River Snakes), Wemfana (Bad Donkey), Ekhaya (Don't Leave Home Too Soon), Wemfazi Ongaphesheya (River Talk), Leliyafu (Clouds, Move Away!), Uthekwane (the Prettiest Bird?), Imbongolo (the Donkey's Complaint), Ixegezi (Catch the Bird), Lezonkomo (Praise the Cows & Bulls), Vuku (Wake Up Little Chicks), Thalaza (I Miss My Home, I Miss My Farm), Old Macdonald... Zulu Style

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6055c | 1 CD | $13.95 | A Cappella

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live at Montreux  : DVD : EGVS39097DVD

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live at Montreux

South Africa has had many musical ambassadors, but surely none as distinctive as Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Though their name translates as "the Black Axe of Ladysmith," this unique vocal group from the province of Natal are both gentle and persuasive in style. And their music has become one of the jewels in the crown of both country and continent. The Music Of Ladysmith Black Mambazo reflects the needs of migrant workers to make their own entertainment, hence the theatrical aspect to their shows. Already popular in their native South Africa, they were brought to a worldwide audience through their collaboration with Paul Simon on his classic "Graceland" album. The group has played Montreux on three occasions, and all performances are compiled on this DVD, including many of their best loved tracks such as "King of Kings," "Hello My Baby," and "Homeless." Founded in 1967, the Montreux Jazz Festival has established itself as one of the most prestigious annual music events in the world. The extraordinary list of artists who have played there is drawn from across the musical spectrum and from around the world. Now, with the consent of the festival and the artitists, these concerts are finally available on DVD for the first time.

Songlist: Wangibambezela, Hello My Baby, King Of Kings, Wena Othanda Abantu, Amazing Grace, Yibo Labafana, Kwathatha, Homeless, Nkosi Sikelela, Nomathemba, Yinhle Lentimbi, Homeless, Nomathemba, Hello My Baby, Homeless

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9875dvd | DVD | $17.98

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live At The Royal Albert Hall : DVD : DV-108

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live At The Royal Albert Hall

The first live recording, captured from their sold-out appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall. The South-African Ladysmith has an international reputation, acting as informal ambassadors of musical goodwill. Though we were unable to listen to this CD prior to publication, we know it contains many of the group's most popular songs, including "Homeless," written by Paul Simon. We can be sure that Ladysmith's performance will be a joyous event.

Songlist: Introduction, Vulani Amasango (Open the Gates), Ngamthola, Hello My Baby, Abadala, King of Kings, Wena Othanda, Indanyezi Nezazi (Star and the Wiseman), Ngothandaza Njalo (I Will Keep on Praying), Rain Rain Beautiful Rain, Phansi Emigodini (Deep Down in the Mines), Homeless, Ladysmith in Los Angeles

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6905dvd | DVD | $24.98 | A Cappella

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live! : DVD : HUP7149DVD

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Live!

For more than three decades, the story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been just as much about physicality and choreography as it has been about brilliant vocal harmonies. For this GRAMMY winning a cappella group that merges South African music and dance traditions with a Christian messages of compassion, love and global harmony, the music alone is only half the story. Simply put, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has to be seen to be understood. Catch a visual glimpse of these icons of South African music and dance with Live! Recorded in Akron, Ohio, in 2008, the set captures not only fourteen songs performed on the stage of EJ Thomas Hall at the University of Akron, but also forty minutes of in-depth interviews with founder, leader and musical director Joseph Shabalala and other members of the group.

Songlist: Nomathemba, This Is The Way We Do ("Ekuhlupekeri"), Long Walk To Freedom ("Halala South Africa"), Hello My Baby, Nginethemba, Thulanhliziyo, Makoti, Rain Rain Beautiful Rain, Homeless, Wentomb' unecala, Shosholoza, Amazing Grace/ Nearer My God To Thee

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9921dvd | DVD | $19.95 | A Cappella

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : On Tip Toe : DVD : NWVG9624DVD

Ladysmith Black Mambazo : On Tip Toe

If you love world music, or more specifically, the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, you are sure to love this academy award nominated documentary. Directed by Eric Simonson and spanning three continents, ON TIP TOE follows the captivating story of South African musician Joseph Shabalala and his unique singing ensemble. Best known on these shores for their innovative support on Paul Simon's Grammy-winning album, Graceland, Mambazo has crafted an extraordinary hybrid of traditional Zulu harmonies and unconventional Western influences, including gospel, ragtime, doo wop and even rock 'n roll. Made up of seven bass voices, a tenor, a male alto and Shabalala as lead vocalist, Mambazo amazingly incorporates the light, syncopated stomping of "Isicathamiya"(meaning "on tip toe"), a style born theough the strains of apartheid. This entertaining and informative documentary traces the fascinating origins of Shabalala's tuneful creations, featuring interviews with Paul Simon and extensive live footage of Mambazo's performances.

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9843dvd | DVD | $19.95 | A Cappella

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Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain : SATB : Joseph Shabalala : Ladysmith Black Mambazo : DVD : 08749870 : 884088348601

Joseph Shabalala : Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain

The famed South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo led by Joseph Shabalala creates moments of transformative beauty with their unique sound and vivid imagery. Choirs will enjoy recreating this evocative work.

Arranger: Joseph Shabalala Performed By: Ladysmith Black Mambazo | Country: Zulu

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