Amabutho

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Amabutho
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Studio album by
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
ReleasedFebruary 22, 1973
RecordedAugust 1972-January 1973
Genre Isicathamiya, Mbube
Length35:00 approx.
Label Gallo Record Company
Producer West Nkosi
Ladysmith Black Mambazo chronology
Amabutho
(1973)
Imbongi
(1973)
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Amabutho is the debut album by the South African isicathamiya group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. [2] [3] It was released in 1973 by Gallo Record Company. [4] Amabutho was the first record by black musicians in the country to receive gold disc certification (25,000 copies). [2] [3] It contains the hit single "Nomathemba". The LP was reissued on Gallo (in South Africa only) along with most of the group's early output, in February 2007. The members who Sang in the Amabutho Album were Milton Mazibuko Ngali Mazibuko Joseph Shabalala Headman Shabalala Enoch Shabalala Albert Mazibuko Walter Malinga

Track listing

  1. "Amabutho" (Warriors)
  2. "Isigcino" (The End)
  3. "Yadla Yabeletha" (It Eats Often)
  4. "Awu, Wemadoda" (Hey, Man!)
  5. "Mlaba"
  6. "Ushaka" (King Shaka)
  7. "Nomathemba" (Hope)
  8. "Nqonqotha Mfana" (The Boy Knocks)
  9. " Sivuya Sonke we perform everywhere
  10. Nkosi Yamakhosi Kings of Kings /Lord of Lords
  11. " Utugela the tugela River
  12. "Ngelekelele" help me

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References

  1. Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 5: MUZE. p. 62.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. 1 2 "Joseph Shabalala, founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, dies at 78". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  3. 1 2 "The Rough Guide to South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland". Rough Guides UK. February 2, 2015 via Google Books.
  4. "Ladysmith Black Mambazo | Biography & History". AllMusic.