New Music From Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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Monday November 18, 2013

From The Los Angeles Times

Song premiere: Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s ‘No More Sorrow’
By: Randy Lewis

Pop & Hiss is premiering ‘No More Sorrow,’ a track from the forthcoming album by South Africa’s venerated vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a collection that’s especially close to the heart of group founder and leader Joseph Shabalala.

The album, ‘Always With Us,’ is scheduled for release Jan. 15 and is dedicated to Shabalala’s wife, Nellie, who was shot and killed in 2002 by a masked gunman outside their home in Durban.

Shabalala took tracks she had recorded with her ensemble, Women of Mambazo, which was formed at the township church she and her husband founded, and arranged his group’s vocals around them to wed the two groups’ music.

‘The album comes from deep inside my heart,’ Shabalala said in a statement with the announcement of ‘Always With Us.’ ‘It might be more personal than anything we have shared with the world before.’

‘It was important for us not just to record these songs, but to create beautiful music,’ he said. ‘From the first day we worked with Nellie’s recordings to the final day when we knew we were finished, our primary objective was to make a collection of beautiful songs.’

Listen to “No More Sorrow” below and to read more about the song and the album click here