Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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A 1992 release from the South African supergroup, this album features the usual lineup of vocal masterworks that one has come to expect from Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The interplay of vocals between the members of the group is, as always, the highlight here. The mbube vocal structure is both complex and beautiful at the same time. Having said that, this is really a rather standard album for Ladysmith, with the same basic ground covered by the songs, along with one added bit, "Homeless," here without Paul Simon's part. It's a nice album, but rather unadventurous. Still, any Ladysmith album is better than two-thirds of the current pop market, so even a bland one such as this is perhaps a better listen than many other options. Pick it up as a Ladysmith fan or as someone looking for something different than the soukous that is so ubiquitous in Africa. Pick up other Ladysmith albums prior to this one if you're looking for mbube proper, though.

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