Album: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Songs from a Zulu Farm (Proper)

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Pervaded by children's laughter, this is a lovely departure from the Mambazo norm, as befits the quest it reflects.

The celebrated township a cappella group now run a foundation to teach their "isicathamiya" music to young South Africans, which has prompted their founder Joseph Shabalala to plunder the group's memory-bank of village songs. They have added harmonies and lyrics to some, but in essence these are what they and their parents grew up listening to and singing.