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Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Journey of Dreams

“This Journey of Dreams began a long time ago, while I was still a young boy on the farm and children would come to my dreams and sing to me. Now that we have made this record working with Russ Titelman and blessed by Paul Simon’s guidance, I feel the dream are now living inside the music as never before. For the first time I have made the music on record exactly as my dreams would tell me and for this sound I am grateful. Because the world listens now and that means the Journey of Dreams goes on and on.

Happiness to those who love us, God Bless you all with grace and peace. Love one another. God is love.

Bayajabula Abasithandayo”

Words from the late great Joseph Shabalala on the cover of Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s 1988 album ‘Journey of Dreams’. This is a truly breath-taking ode to god, ecology and humanity from the South African male choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The founder Joseph Shabalala passed away earlier this year but his legacy lives on, bringing Zulu musical traditions to many outside of Africa. The group collaborated with Paul Simon with their acapella harmony styles of isicathamiya and mbube, bravely defying the cultural boycott on apartheid South Africa to create the timeless 1986 work, ‘Graceland,’ despite much controversy. ‘Journey of Dreams’, also produced during this time of oppression is a testament to the power of the human soul and these rich cultural traditions.

Shambalala’s late partner was involved in the Women of Mambazo, a beautiful female led choir.

- Ed