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  • Review
  • by Kingsley H. Smith
  • 11/22/2006

Some of South Africa's best talents are featured in a new collection of Christmas songs called, "African Christmas."

You'll easily recognize the melodies on this 2006 release.

Traditional Christmas carols are sung with melodic African voices in a variety of tempos.

Stylistically, "African Christmas" reminds me of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Miriam Makeba, and other South African artists who have exported their culture to the world.

"Christmas Favorites with An African Beat," (the CD's subtitle), kicks into high gear with Bongani Masuku, Mandisa Dlanga, Max Mthambo, Vernon Abdul, and other personnel.

Zulu-flavored renditions of the following classics are featured:

  1. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
  2. Away in a Manger
  3. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  4. Joy to The World
  5. Little Drummer Boy
  6. When A Child is Born
  7. Silent Night
  8. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  9. Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer
  10. Jingle Bell Rock
  11. The Sun Shines Down (on A Christmas Day)
  12. White Christmas
  13. Jingle Bells
  14. African Christmas (Acapella)

This is a good CD. We'll definitely be playing a few tracks from it on Powerhouse Radio in the weeks ahead as we get closer to Christmas.

Check out the Powerhouse Radio Christmas song playlist, and share it with your friends.

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