Magazine article New Internationalist

Long Walk to Freedom

Magazine article New Internationalist

Long Walk to Freedom

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Long Walk To Freedom

by Ladysmith Black Mambazo

(Heads Up HUCD 3109 CD)

There are a handful of South African musicians whose music is synonymous with the struggle against apartheid, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo (LBM) are among them. On Long Walk To Freedom, this peerless Zulu acapella group celebrate their 20th anniversary on the international stage with re-recordings of 13 of their songs.

Guests dropping in include Emmylou Harris (who does a great 'Amazing Grace'), Natalie Merchant, Taj Mahal and trumpeter Hugh Masekela, to say nothing of a host of local talent. It's a big party. But the curious thing about Long Walk is its calendar: LBM was formed by Joseph Shabalala in the early 19705, not 1986, and the 2oth anniversary that this album marks is actually the release of Paul Simon's Grace/and. The accusations and counter-accusations that swirled around Simon's record might seem distant history now, but there's no doubt that it was Simon's clout that brought LBM out to a global audience. …

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