Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Friends
Label: Gallo Record Company
Ladysmith Black Mambazo have always been able to make friends anywhere. As this massive compilation of their collaborations attests, the legendary South African choral group has seamlessly fit into everything from the Paul Simon-hosted soirees that originally made them global stars to newer duets as wild and wonderful as tunes with Emmylou Harris and Betty Griffin. At times, like the lackluster Josh Groban collabos, one wishes they weren't always quite so friendly. But the bosom buddies moments -- like with Taj Mahal, Dolly Parton and, especially, Zap Mama -- make all that networking worth it.