Ladysmith Black Mambazo Releases New Collaborative Album
So off to Google I went.
Two minutes later I had found out that the album had been released yesterday (thanks for the news coverage South African press!), and not only does it feature "Homeless", the collaboration with Sarah McLachlan, but it also features collaborations with some of my other favourite performers, including: Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant, and a cappella group Zap Mama from Belgium. The album also features some local legends and up-and-coming artists, including: Lucky Dube, Vusi Mahlasela [Listen], Hugh Masekela, and Thandiswa, amongst others.
If you have time, click on the links and find out more about the local contributors (and buy their music, if it's available). They are some of our national treasures, and their music, often without us even realising it, intrinsically provides the soundtrack and rhythms as we go about our daily lives all over this beautiful country. It's one of those things - that we cannot really explain - that defines our collective bond as Africans, no matter what race we may be classified as or what religion we may follow.
I, meanwhile, can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Long Walk To Freedom.