Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Inkanyezi Nezazi
The Warner Brothers Collection
Paul Simon

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Mbube is a choral music of South Africa that emerged out of church choir singing, Zulu choral singing, and African-American music, not the usual Cuban and Congolese influences of other African popular music styles. Large groups of about nine men who use no accompanying instruments sing in a predominately slow speed to create complex harmonies and amazing vocal textures. In the 1960s, mbube became the first black South African music to be recorded, with Miriam Makeba singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," a song written by Solomon Linda. The well-known group Ladysmith Black Mambazo followed in the early mbube choral singing tradition. Mbube is a precursor to more currently popular mbaquanga of South Africa, which maintains the focus on choral music, African-American influences, and jazz & rock rhythms and instruments.

Mbube Artists Highlights

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Paul Simon
Paul Simon

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Mbube Album Highlights

Inkanyezi Nezazi
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Inkanyezi Nezazi
The Warner Brothers Collection
Ladysmith Black Mambazo / ...
The Warner Brothers ...
An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba
Harry Belafonte / Miriam ...
An Evening with ...
Ulwandle Oluncgwele
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ulwandle Oluncgwele
The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo [Shanachie]
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
The Best of Ladysmith ...
The Ultimate Collection [2001]
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
The Ultimate Collection ...

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Mbube Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
How Long? Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Hush, Hush Harry Belafonte / Miriam Makeba
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Zulu Laduma (Voices Like Thunder) Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Homeless English Chamber Orchestra / Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Olinda Guanabara Wagner Tiso
Inkanyezi Nezazi (the Star and the Wiseman) Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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