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Mbube Roots: Zulu Choral Music from South Africa, 1930's-1960's

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Mbube Roots: Zulu Choral Music from South Africa, 1930's-1960's (1976)

by Various Artists

About this title: South African a cappella vocals are spotlighted on this 16-track anthology beginning with the Bantu Glee Singers and concluding with well-known contemporary artists Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The similarity between early mbube and pre-quartet African-American gospel (jubilee) is astonishing, as are the vocalists' range, soaring harmonies, smashing leads, and swirling accompaniment. Unfortunately, there's erratic sound quality here, as many of these were done long before the era of sonic superiority. But the majesty of the ... read more

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