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Johnny Clegg, Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Johnny Clegg, Ladysmith Black Mambazo / Cologne Zulu Festival

Cologne Zulu Festival

More than just a consummate sampler of South African music, this CD is an historical document.

The "Zulu Festival" in Cologne, Germany, marks the first time Ladysmith Black Mambazo or Johnny Clegg & Sipho Mchunu ever performed outside of the African continent – an event which spread like wildfire to set the ears of the world abuzz. One astute listener, Paul Simon, immediately recognized Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s talents and used them to lay the foundation for his extremely successful album and world tour.

Here is a unique opportunity to hear the original vocal harmonies of this now world-famous choir. "Far more subtle than any gospel group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo can sing the stars down to earth." (TIME Magazine)

By comparison, Johnny Clegg swaggers like a rough-and-tumble alley cat through the Zulu street-beat of urban Jo’burg. Astounded by his meteoric rise to stardom, Robert von Lucius, South Africa correspondent for the German FAZ comments: "He sold more than a million albums in France alone – 150,000 on the very first day. Only Michael Jackson, who, incidentally, canceled a concert in Lyon claiming that Clegg stole all his fans, had achieved such sales figures."

International Phonographic Award

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