Ladysmith Black Mambazo: And Friends
Label: RAZOR & TIE
2012 two CD compilation from the South African vocal group that includes collaborations with Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Josh Groban, Taj Mahal, Natalie Merchant, Sarah McLachlan, Dolly Parton, Lou Rawls and many others. Since their earliest days in the 1960's, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has shared the studio and stage with scores of artists from around the world, representing just about every possible musical genre. The a cappela gospel ensemble's appearance on Paul Simon's landmark Graceland album is probably the most widely-recognized of the group's cross-cultural collaborations, but Simon's 1986 Grammy-winning recording is merely the tip of a much larger iceberg. Over the years, the group has demonstrated its melodic, harmonic and rhythmic versatility in recordings with an array of artists representing Folk, Rock, Pop, Soul, Country, Classical, Hip Hop and World Music. In each case, they have taken the work of a great artist and made it even better. The group has assembled this set of recordings that capture Ladysmith Black Mambazo's reach across the cultural divide and joining hands with musicians from around the globe.