Rolling Stone - 10/3/02, p.1043 stars out of 5
- "...South African folk music brushed with touches of Southern gospel....its sheer unity turns every song into powerfully spiritual music."
Dirty Linen - 06-07/03, p.88
"...One hears influences from contemporary American and African pop and gospel music alongside ideas imported from European choral traditions..."
Features songs sung in Zulu, Sotho, English and Xhosa.
Personnel: Gloria Bosman (vocals); Phumzile Ntuli (soprano); Eero Koivistoinen (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Concord Nkabinde (bass guitar); Barry Van Zyl (drums); Tlale Makhene (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Peter Pearlson.
Recording information: M2 Studios, Radiopark, SABC (03/12/2002-03/19/2002).
Arrangers: Eero Koivistoinen; Concord Nkabinde.
On the world music front, the South African choral style has gotten a lot of exposure, but the uplifting Alexandra Youth Choir freshens things up a bit with dynamic vocal interplay and some sturdy rhythm players. This is a joyful, soprano- and alto-heavy congress of voices (with lesser accents of bass vocals) that sings in the Xhosa (which features percussive verbal clicks), Zulu, Sotho, and English languages. The album intersperses some impressive solos throughout the copious ensemble material. ~ Erik Hage