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  • Record Label: Razor & Tie Music
  • Genre(s): International, African Traditions, African Folk, South African Folk, Southern African, Afro-Pop, Mbube, South African Pop, Township Jive, Worldbeat
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Feb 28, 2011
    80
    It has continued in the same direction and spirit in Songs From A Zulu Farm, reinvigorating the soul of its isicathamiya (a sort of Zulu a cappella) harmonies and style, while also reviving the songs that leader Joseph Shabalala grew up singing.
  2. Feb 28, 2011
    70
    Casual Ladysmith fans are unlikely to be won over by these distinctions, although long-term listeners will be pleased to see the group finding fresh water at the bottom of the well.
  3. Feb 28, 2011
    70
    Since the singing is in Zulu for the most part, the focus on nature, children, and animals may not be immediately apparent to an English speaker, who will hear the disc as a typical collection of a cappella singing, with Shabalala taking a lead part in front of the group's harmonies on short, repeated phrases.
  4. Feb 28, 2011
    60
    Young South Africans may cringe, but Ladysmith know their audience.
  5. Feb 28, 2011
    60
    Its intentions are clearly wholesome, the music is sweet and cordial, and it's impossible to tell whether its ultimate drabness is the group's fault or our own.
  6. Mar 10, 2011
    60
    Fun, but unless you're seven, not essential. [Mar 2011, p.93]
  7. Mar 9, 2011
    60
    Yet whatever they're singing about, be it bad donkeys, clouds or river snakes, they make a spine-tingling noise. [Mar 2011, p.106]

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