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Mara Louw
met The African Methodist Choir
African Hymns .............. EUCD 2249 2010
1. Hee! Ba Nyoriloeng (Sotho)
2. Siya Kudumisa Thixo (Xhosa) (Trad.)
3. Ha Keletshe - Kele Mobe (Sotho)
4. Kenang Bohle (Sotho) (F. Coillard)
5. Kese Ke Utloile (Sotho)
6. Imfazwe Imfazwe (Xhosa ) (H. H. Dugmore)
7. Amahlathi Aphelile (Xhosa ) (J. Dlokweni)
8. Mphe Maleme Ase Kete / Vuthelani Ixilongo (Sotho and Xhosa) (G. C. Moseley)
9. Jerusalem Ikhaya Lam (Xhosa) (W. Jiyana)
10. Masibulele Ku Jesu (Xhosa) (P. Sipamla)
11. Bawo Ndingu Mntwana Wakho (Xhosa) (Lovedale)
12. Seteng Sediba Samadi (Sotho) (S. Rolland)
13. Rea Oboka Morena (Sotho) (S. Rolland)
14. Wakrazulwa Ngenxa Yami (Xhosa) (W. F. Davis)
15. Noyana (Xhosa) (W. F. Davis)
16. Ingoma Ka Ntsikana (Xhosa) (Trad. by 'Ntsikana, 'arr. by Prof. J. M. Khumalo)
17. Nkosi Sikelel 'i Afrika (Xhosa) (Enock Mankayi Sontonga)

met Mbali Hlatshwayo; Tshepo Sithole; Lerato Louw; Xolani Miya; Nomvuyo Mokhatla; Esther Kala; Oupa Magagula; Pride Motsemme; Ntombovuyo Mtshali, produseer, Robin Hogarth

Handpick singers from a number of South African choirs, put the excellent Mara Louw out in front as the lead, take a number of hymns they all know from church, as well as the South African national anthem, and you have the ingredients for this excellent disc. Unlike so many hymns, these are performed with great, roaring joy (arranged for the most part by Louw) and recorded -- as it should be -- in a church. But unlike, say, American or Jamaican gospel, there's a sense of unity, rather than testifying; the voices embrace this music, but they sing it as it is, rather than using it as a lift-off point to testify. The harmonies might have their written roots in Europe, but the voices singing them are ineffably African, bringing something different to the sound. There's a sense of control about it all, even when a speaking voice breaks in on "Jerusalem Ikhaya Lam," for instance, or on the rare instances some very spare percussion accompanies the a cappella voices. It's majestic, but that's the intent, a nexus between Europe and Africa, meeting in Christianity. That's even there on the by-now famous "Nkosi Sikelel'i Afrika," the country's very hymn-like national anthem, performed here as the closer, full-voiced and glorious, sung with unconcealed pride and joy. ~ Chris Nickson

Take Me To The River / I Can't Stop 7" . HED 200 1981 HEAD'S

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