South Africa's Bala Brothers Releasing Self-Titled Debut in March
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:29:19
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Bala Brothers – Loyiso, Zwai and Phelo – are a household name in South Africa, thrilling audiences with their fusion of operatically-trained voices, rich harmonies and traditional South African melodies and rhythms.
Overcoming apartheid, the trio rose out of poverty on the strength of their musical talent and broke the color barrier of the famous Drakensberg Boys' Choir, becoming its first black members.
For their self-titled debut album on Warner Classics, the Brothers perform an inspiring live program of music ranging from The Lion King to Paul Simon, with special guests The Drakensberg Boys' Choir, in their hometown Johannesburg's Lyric Theatre.
Bala Brothers will be released on CD and for download on March 3, 2015, with the DVD and Blu-Ray following on March 24. The program will be part of a national PBS special beginning on February 28.
1. CIRCLE OF LIFE (Elton John, Tim Rice)
2. WEEPING (Dan Heymann)
3. GOING HOME (traditional, arr. Michael Whalen)
4. HE LIVES IN YOU (Lebohang Morake, Jay Rifkin, Mark Mancina)
5. UNDER AFRICAN SKIES (Paul Simon)
6. MASIBUYELANE (Loyiso & Zwai Bala)
7. NDIZE (Mavo Solomon, Zwai Bala)
8. SOMETHING INSIDE SO STRONG (Labi Siffre)
9. THE CROSSING (Johnny Clegg)
10. GIRL WITHOUT A NAME (Loyiso Bala)
11. AND SO IT GOES (Billy Joel)
12. PATA PATA (Jerry Ragovoy, Miriam Makeba)
13. MEGURU (traditional, arr. Michael Whalen)
Watch the intro video!
Anyone plan to check out the Bala Bros?