Popularised internationally by Paul Simon's 1986 hit Graceland, and heard in the famous traditional Zulu melody Mbube
(more commonly known as The Lion Sleeps Tonight or Wimoweh), isicathamiya is a joyful, celebratory form that has delighted audiences across the globe.
The original title of the song was Mbube
, which is the Zulu word for "the lion" (Malan, 2003).
The enchanting sounds of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the world-famous all-male choral group famed for their cappella songs in the zulu style of 'Isicathamiya' and 'Mbube
', should also give music fans the chills.
Certainly a song called Mbube
(The Zulu word for lion) was written in the 1920s by Solomon Linda, a Zulu singer who worked for the South African Gallo Record Company as a cleaner and record packer.
Among them were Elvis Presley''s Can''t Help Falling in Love and Louis Armstrong''s What a Wonderful World, as well as the Americanised adaptation of South African musician Solomon Linda''s Mbube
which became The Lion Sleeps Tonight.
The group, whose album Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu won a Grammy in the Best Traditional World Music category, have built up a fan base around the world with their unique blend of a cappella and mbube
music - loud, powerful choruses contrasting with softer, whispering chants - and rhythmic dance moves.
Laughter's absence flashes as Afrikaner accents sing the stolen Mbube
song (6) and then, buffalo soldier, win the war for America, if you know your history, then you know where you're coming from, then you wouldn't have to ask me, who the heck do I think I am, I mean it when I analyze the stench, to me it all makes sense, Woy, yoyyoy, Woyyoy-yoyyoy.
Solomon Linda wrote the 1939 song, originally titled "Mbube
" (or lion in Zulu) and licensed it for 10 shillings to a South African label.
The tracks are Animal Crackers, No More Monkeys, Nella Vecchia Fattoria, Aves, The Littlest Birds, The Three Bears, Cantiga do Sapo, L'Otorhinoceros, Bigi Kaiman, Don't Ever Step on a Snake, Eagles, If a Dinosaur Was My Friend, and Mbube
. Drawing on musical traditions from nations as diverse as Trinidad, France, Netherlands, Brazil, South Africa, and much more, Animal Playground is sure to delight young animal lovers and is the perfect souvenir of a trip to the zoo.
Mei Gui, 2006, is Cuoghi's version of traditional Chinese music; Mbube
, 2005, is based on a very European, slightly colonial idea of what African music might sound like.
syncopation to Mbube
. (39) Second, it shows that these exchanges take
Here they perform songs like "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" and "Homeless" from Graceland; "Nomathemba," which was Shabalala's very first composition; "Hello My Baby," one of the group's all-time in-concert favorites; "Rain Rain Beautiful Rain" and "How Long" from their Grammy-winning Shaka Zulu album; the traditional "Mbube
," also known as "Wimoweh" or "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"; "Amazing Grace/Nearer My God To Thee," and about half a dozen more.