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Zebra Crossing / Soweto String Quartet

Soweto String Quartet
Release Date: 08/25/1998 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 26865   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  VariousSandile KhemesePaul SimonDave Grusin,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. Mbayi Mbayi
2. Zebra Crossing
3. Zulu Lullaby
4. Kwela
5. The Paul Simon "Graceland" Collection: Homeless/Diamonds on the Soles O: Homeless / Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes / Graceland / You Can Call Me Al
6. Bossa Baroque
7. Shut up and Listen (Thul'u Lalele)
8. Saint Agnes and the Burning Train (St. Agnes Nokusha Kwe-Stimela)
9. Kadeni Kwazulu
10. Ntyilo Ntyilo (The Love Bird)
11. Where Were You Taking Me to? (Uno'ntsonkisa Kae?)
12. Nkosi Sikelel' Africa (God Bless Africa)
13. Mbayi Mbayi (Reprise)

Soweto String Quartet: Sandile Khemese, Thami Khemese (violin); Makhosini Mnguni (viola);
Read more Reuben Khemese (cello).

Personnel: Kelly Petlane (flute); Johan Laas (keyboards, synthesizer, timpani); Ian Herman, Richard Mitchell (drums); Veli Shabangu (percussion).

Audio Mixer: Richard Mitchell.

Liner Note Author: Graham Beggs.

Arranger: Johan Laas.

Soweto String Quartet are four musicians from the apartheid-created township of Soweto, South Africa, which was established when blacks were forced to moved out of racially integrated Sophiatown in the early 1950's. Though the members are classically trained musicians and the instruments (first and second violins, viola and cello) make up a traditional string quartet, the music and arrangements found here are not what you would expect. The Soweto String Quartet perform traditional African hymns, folk songs and lullabies, all with their own original arrangements. It is distinctly African music played on traditionally European instruments, and that approach creates new and wonderful music. The members also perform arrangements of songs by some of their favorite contemporary musicians. Selections from Paul Simon's Graceland are performed in a seamless medley, and Sting's "St. Agnes and the Burning Train" gets a great melodic treatment. The quartet's arrangement of Dave Grusin's "Bossa Baroque" is an innovative interpretation of a classic piece. The Soweto String Quartet gets help on several tracks from a quartet of drums, bass, percussion and guitars, but they stay wisely in the background and allow the Quartet to shine. This is definitely not for the narrow-minded lover of traditional classical music. But it is music well worth spending some time with, though it may seem a bit strange at first listen. The Soweto String Quartet have created a tribute to their rich musical background and homeland, while expressing their own talents and love for modern music.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Work(s) by Various
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
Notes:   
2.
Mbayi Mbayi by Sandile Khemese
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Thami Khemese, Reuben Khemese, and Makhosini Mnguni. 
3.
Zebra Crossing by Sandile Khemese
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Thami Khemese, Reuben Khemese, and Makhosini Mnguni. 
4.
Zulu Lullaby by Sandile Khemese
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Thami Khemese, Reuben Khemese, and Makhosini Mnguni. 
5.
Kwela by Sandile Khemese
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Thami Khemese, Reuben Khemese, and Makhosini Mnguni. 
6.
The "Graceland" Collection by Paul Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
Notes: This is a medley that includes "Homeless," "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," "Graceland," and "You Can Call Me Al." 
7.
Bossa Baroque by Dave Grusin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
8.
Shut Up and Listen by Thul'u Lalele
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
9.
St. Agnes and the Burning Train by Sting
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
10.
Kadeni Kwazulu by Makhosini Mnguni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Thami Khemese, Reuben Khemese, and Sandile Khemese. 
11.
Ntyilo Ntyilo by Sandile Khemese
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Thami Khemese, Reuben Khemese, and Makhosini Mnguni. 
12.
Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrica "God Bless Africa" by Sandile Khemese
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Thami Khemese, Reuben Khemese, and Makhosini Mnguni. 
13.
Mbayi Mbayi (reprise) by Sandile Khemese
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Thami Khemese, Reuben Khemese, and Makhosini Mnguni. 
14.
Where Were You Taking Me To? by Sandile Khemese
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Soweto String Quartet
Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Thami Khemese, Reuben Khemese, and Makhosini Mnguni. 

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