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Mon, 14 Mar 2005

Raise Your Spirit Higher / Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Raise Your Spirit Higher Like most people in the West, I discovered Ladysmith Black Mambazo when they provided backing vocals on Paul Simon's amazing Graceland back in 1986. I remember that Simon got some grief over that, with accusations of exploiting the group and their culture for his own purposes, as well as for cooperating with the Apartheid regime then still in power in South Africa. Things have changed more than a little since then; Raise Your Spirit Higher commemorates the tenth anniversary of the end of Apartheid. And the group's vocals are even more powerful without Simon's pop sensibilities. Their blend of Christian gospel and a South African miners' traditional song style called isicathamiya speaks to us of the will to endure in a way that goes beyond mere words.
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