Insingizi Release a Sequel in the Successful 'Voices of Southern Africa' Series

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August 2009 sees the worldwide release of 'Voices of Southern Africa, Vol. 2' by Insingizi, the follow-up to their incredibly successful international debut.

The songs on the new CD are a mixture of our own compositions as well as traditional songs that changed our music sense, such as 'Londolozela' and the hard-hitting war song, 'Lamlela ndwandwe'. The other compositions were inspired by life in the townships and they reflect the day to day life in modern day Zimbabwe.

Released in 2004 'Voices of Southern Africa' was such an amazing success, its North American release alone selling well in excess of 250,000 copies, that the group were encouraged to record a sequel.

"After the success of the first album we were faced with a challenge to produce a CD that would have an even greater impact" says group leader Vusa Mkhaya Ndlovu.

"The songs on the new CD are a mixture of our own compositions as well as traditional songs that changed our music sense, such as 'Londolozela' and the hard-hitting war song, 'Lamlela ndwandwe'. The other compositions were inspired by life in the townships and they reflect the day to day life in modern day Zimbabwe."

From the aforementioned war song 'Lamlela ndwandwe' to the funeral song 'Amagugu', to the traditional wedding songs 'Londolozela' and 'Umendo', sung by jubilant families at traditional wedding ceremonies, the album highlights the different moods mbube music is capable of heralding.

Insingizi has been busy since the release of the first album, touring extensively with their many projects, and finding themselves included in famed blues guitarist Hans Theesink's band. Member Blessings Nqo Nkomo even found time to release a solo album ('Mbube & Gospel from Southern Africa', ARC, EUCD2199) in January 2009, featuring appearances from Theesink and Blessings' Insingizi bandmates.

Insingizi's music is filled with hope, optimism and faith. Wherever they go, the purity of their vocal interplay is overwhelmingly beautiful, the lyric is ultimately hopeful, and the inherent tone of their message is true to their spiritual beliefs.

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