Liph' iquiniso was the first recording by Ladysmith after the end of apartheid. They had worked, in their way, for that end. Their musical goal was to reinforce the traditions of the people and make them proud. Beyond that immediate goal, Joseph Shabalala has always sought to introduce people of disparate cultures to one other. That is why, over the years, he has written music in so many other languages in addition to his native Zulu. It's good to think of the fact that, although political activists often criticized Joseph and Ladysmith for a perceived lack of political awareness, it was the desire to share the beauty of song that caused Joseph and Paul Simon to be the first world renown breakers of the international ban of South Africa. That had more to do with the dissolving of apartheid than those forgotten critics could foresee. You will find some of the most beautiful of Ladysmith's music on this recording which was one of their six nominated for Grammys.