Magazine article U.S. Catholic


Magazine article U.S. Catholic


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Mumford & Sons (Island Records, 2016)


British band Mumford & Sons has gone global with their new release, Johannesburg. A sold-out tour around South Africa inspired the Grammy-winning group, known for its folk-rock sound, to expand its musical stylings.

The five-track mini-album is a result of a two-day marathon jam session between Mumford & Sons and Senegalese singer Baaba Maal, Malawian-British combo The Very Best, and South African pop group Beatenberg.

"We get terrified of the idea of doing the same thing again and again," band leader Marcus Mumford says on their website.

The album's first single, "There Will Be Time," hit number one on the South African charts shortly after its release there. The music crescendos as an energized Baaba Maal pines for "a time to love, a time to sing, a time to shine, a time to leave, a time to stay." Consider it a 2016 remix of the classic passage from Ecclesiastes 3--"A time to be born and a time to die . …

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