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Gospel Songs

Gospel Songs, 2000
Gospel Songs

Joseph Shabalala, founder and lead singer of Ladysmith, received the source and inspiration for the harmonies of the group in dreams and visions of a heavenly choir, tutoring him on the music and movements that make Ladysmith unique. "Gospel Songs," a 2-CD compilation of Ladysmith's spiritual music, underscores the special power, spiritual effect and hope their music created during the turbulent time of apartheid in South Africa. Joseph was touched by apartheid when his brother was killed by an off-duty security guard. He at first thought it was a message from God to stop singing, but as time went by a spirit came to him and said, "This is your gift from God-carry on." The 33 beautiful spiritual songs on these two CDs reflect the joy, peace and harmony of Joseph's music and encourage people to come to God, "Where He will help you." All Ladysmith's shows end with the message of "Go in peace, love and harmony." We might not understand the words of the songs, but the feeling, heart and purpose speaks out powerfully, loud, clear and filled with hope. An inspiring collection from a legendary group!