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Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Liph' Iqiniso [Shanachie, 1994]
Any American who already owns Classic Tracks, or Induku Zethu, plus maybe Two Worlds One Heart or Greatest Hits, obviously doesn't need album 36 from the definitive Zulu chorale. But not only have they avoided the rut, they've reinvented themselves--with one brother murdered, another departed, and a cousin also gone, Joseph Shabalala enlisted three of his sons and pushed on. And if anything, he's gotten better at arranging and producing the comic details that are the unsung delight of the vocal beauty he perfected. A-