Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu (2008) MCH SACD ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu (2008)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:51 minutes | Scans included | 3,19 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 0,98 GB

2008 album from the Grammy Award-winning South African vocal group. Ilembe is a tribute to the South African cultural icon Shaka Zulu. In the late 1700s, Shaka Zulu united the Zulus with various neighboring tribes into a single powerful force that helped give birth to a proud nation. Today, Shaka Zulu is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in African history. His combination of warrior discipline, visionary leadership, innate creativity, and unshakable belief in a united nation continues to resonate to this day in South Africa. He is revered as the single figure who gave birth to the indomitable fighting spirit of the Zulus: the same spirit that enabled South Africans to persevere amid the European domination of their homeland for nearly two centuries of apartheid. Ilembe celebrates not only Shaka Zulu but the sense of perseverance, creativity and pride that he has inspired in generations of descendants.

One thing about Ladysmith Black Mambazo is that you know exactly what you’re getting. Wonderful vocal phrases and answering, and with Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu, it does what it says on the tin, honoring the great leader who really forged the Zulu nation. Group head Joseph Shabalala is still the frontman, and the hushed choral responses to his singing have a kid of awed magic about them. But even at low volume, there’s no doubting the passion that pervades it all. The big problem is that the whole album is hushed — there’s no real variety in the arrangements from track to track, and little variation in tempo, which can make it all seem a bit like one endless cut. No doubting the quality, but to really make a lasting impact, it needs something more, like the experimentation they’ve undertaken in the last few years. It all ends up feeling like a holding action, which is fine, and every group needs them occasionally, but it’s not an outstanding work in their canon musically, despite the subject matter and the reverence (quite possibly too reverent) with which they treat it.


01. O Mmu Beno Mmu
02. Kuyafundw’ Osizini(Ilembe)
03. Vela Nsizwa
04. Lets Do It
05. Umon’ Usuk’ Esweni
06. Sizobalanda
07. This Is The Way We Do
08. Iphel’ Emasini
09. Asekhon’ Amatshitshi
10. Hlala Nami
11. Prince of Peace
12. Iphel’ Emasini (Nature Effects)



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