2009 Grammy Award Winner for:
• 'Best Traditional World Music Album'
Today, Shaka Zulu is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in African
history. His combination of warrior discipline, visionary leadership, innate
creativity, and unshakable belief in a united nation continues to resonate to
this day in South Africa. He is revered as the single figure who gave birth to
the indomitable fighting spirit of the Zulus - the same spirit that enabled
South Africans to preserve amid the European domination of their homeland for
nearly two centuries of apartheid. "He was a warrior, an athlete, a singer, a
dancer, a visionary, he was so many things," says Joseph Shabalala, lead singer
and founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Grammy Award winning vocal group that has conquered
nations in its own way with a joyous and spiritually charged brand of vocal
music and native choreography, pays tribute to the historical icon with their
new release, Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu. Ilembe celebrates not only Shaka Zulu
but the sense of perseverance, creativity and pride that has inspired in
generations of descendants.
The album title translates to "The Greatest Warrior", and either directly or
indirectly, each of the tracks speaks to Shaka's rare combination of attributes
and how they resonate in contemporary society - not just for South Africans, but
for the world in general.
"...another stellar recording...truly a collector's item." - Ebony
"This is a triumphant album that deserves the widest possible audience."
- Global Rhythm
• 5.0 Surround Sound
1. O Mmu Beno Mmu
2. Kuyafundw' Osizini (Ilembe)
3. Vela Nsizwa
4. Lets Do It
5. Umon' Usuk' Esweni
7. This is the Way We Do
8. Iphel' Emasini
9. Asekhon' Amatshitshi
10. Hlala Nami
11. Prince of Peace
12. Iphel' Emasini (Nature Effects)