Amalombolombo

Imbizo

Released 19 March 2001

  1. Kude Kukhatshana
  2. Bayashada
  3. Umqoqi Wendaba
  4. Zulu Khayalami
  5. Enqamulezweni
  6. Amalombolombo
  7. Ntombiyelanga
  8. Usomandla
  9. When I Think About You
  10. Singabahambayo
  11. Fly Away

Imbizo

Liner notes

Imbizo have been together since 1991.  Sharing their interest and passion for music they soon became known in their rural community for their singing and their performances.

The founder member, Majahawodwa Ndlovu, still writes the majority of the material and directs Imbizo’s imbube (a capella) performance.  They say, music is a language which reaches into the heart.  Nothing else on earth can stir emotions or deliver meanings of message as music can.

Imbizo are Ndebele speaking and sing the style of music traditional to their home area of Matabeleland.  Imbube music carries a strength and directness; in times of sadness or of joy, music conveys a message.  It becomes a sentiment, an unnoticed heart beat.

Traditionally the Ndebele people travelled to Zimbabwe from South Africa ruled by their Zulu King.  They have a proud tradition still recognised today and many of the Imbizo songs draw inspiration from Zulu history.

Imbizo and their music continue their journey.  Their imbube evolves and develops, pressing the messages of traditions, Christianity and spirituality forward, blending the past with the present.

Their music continues to mirror the culture of the people— songs written in the townships, danced to at weddings or family parties.  These messages and celebrations are as important to Imbizo and to Majahawodwa Ndlovu as traditional beginnings.

There is a message of change but also of proud beginnings never forgotten, never ignored.  A celebration of the cultural spectrum that reaches the centuries of Zimbabwe.

About the songs

1. Kude Kukhatshana

“It is far, far away.”

Our journey has always been long. We continue to conquer the world and encourage others to join and follow.
Written by Newton Ncube & Phuthumani Cele

 

2. Bayashada

“Rejoicing for the newly weds.”

Marriage is a gift. Let the people of the world treasure it and rejoice in it.
Written by Muzomkhulu Ndlovu

 

3. Umqoqi Wendaba

“The Initiators.”

Dedicated to the continued survival of WOMAD Festival.
Written by Imbizo

 

4. Zulu Khayalami

“Heaven is my home.”

Everyone is welcome to my father’s home.
Written by Majahawodwa Ndlovu

 

5. Enqamulezweni

“Come to your Saviour.”

Written by Gift Mpofu

 

6. Amalombolombo

“Endless search.”

All over the world people travel, work and search for fulfilment.
Written by Majahawodwa Ndlovu

 

7. Ntombiyelanga

“The beautiful girl.”

Written by Majahawodwa Ndlovu

 

8. Usomandla

“The Almighty.”

A song of praise for God.
Written by Muzomkhulu Ndlovu & Gift Mpofu

 

9. When I Think About You

A song for the one I love and hopefully the one YOU love.
Written by Majahawodwa Ndlovu

 

10. Singabahambayo

“We are passing by in this world.”

All the people and all the animals on this earth will move on. This is not our home.
Written by Majahawodwa Ndlovu

 

11. Fly Away

Our music will continue to travel. Thanks to all who have been part of our journey.
Written by Majahawodwa Ndlovu & Phuthumani Cele

Listen

Credits

The Musicians: Muzomkhulu Ndlovu, Phuthumani Cele, Christopher Moyo, Pilate Ncube, Thembelani Ncube, Trust Dube, Newton Ncube, Nkosinathi Moyo, Ozias Moyo, Christian Sibanda, Sabelo Nhliziyo

Majahawodwa Ndlovu: Musical Director

Produced and engineered by Ben Findlay at Real World Studios and Colerne Parish Church, with the excellent assistance of Claire Lewis. Mastered at Loud Mastering by John Dent.

A Real World Design
Graphic design: Marc Bessant
Series design: Nick Robertson
Photographs of Imbizo: Oliver JSP

Africa map image based on a textile supplied courtesy of David Whitehead & Sons (Malawi) Ltd and the Barbican Art Gallery

Series direction: Thomas Brooman, Amanda Jones
Art direction: Martha Ladly
Production: Julie Merrifield
Distribution: Sue Johnson

We thank God for giving us this talent and for the years Imbizo have worked together, for our health and our inspiration.

Our sincere thanks to The Equator Company for their belief and for introducing Imbizo to the international arena. Thanks to Ben Findlay for his patience and enthusiasm and to WOMAD for opportunities we had only dreamt of.

To all those who have believed in and supported Imbizo since our beginnings and to those who have joined us along the way. To our parents with our sincere thanks… enjoy this, our second album.

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