Praise Africa - One Voice One Spirit

Tuesday 1st February 2000
Praise Africa - One Voice One Spirit
Praise Africa - One Voice One Spirit

STYLE: World
RATING 4 4 4 4
RRP: £2.50

Reviewed by Chris Webb

The people on this live CD did seem to be having a good time praising God. However, I was rather disappointed with it. Because of the title I suppose I expected Ladysmith Black Mambazo or some other Township feel. But 'One Voice, One Spirit' sounds like it could have been recorded in any large church in England, Australia or the USA. It was well produced with a proficient backing band and a large choir, most tracks featuring a solo voice, Comprising mainly up-tempo and lyrically simple non-challenging praise songs. The track "One Voice" was quite catchy and has remained in my head but the others, they're not easy to sing along with nor catchy enough to remember. It seemed unclear if this was performance praise or a recording of congregational worship. Not bad as background music, with slower tracks towards the end of the CD working better, particularly "You're Amazing" which had a rather pleasant soulful solo trumpet break. So the CD was average rather than exceptional and not very African!

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Reader Comments

Posted by PAULA CHISSA in LUANDA,ANGOLA @ 20:49 on Oct 6 2015

Now iam very happy to find those songs in this portal cause, i listen this so long time and cd not god, i would like to have or download this music... Please help me to have this song again.

Posted by s daniel in durban @ 19:32 on Jan 8 2013

I am looking for a copy of the above cd. I think it is an excellent cd

Posted by Ryan in Canada @ 05:42 on May 23 2012

I disagree with the review by Chris Webb that this cd is not African enough, what people don't seem to understand is this cd was recorded in south Africa by south Africans , south Africa is not a country only based one culture or language, but people of different backgrounds, yes if you want an African sound you will find it, but the music was made by south Africans who manly speak English . I am south African, and I endorse this comment.

Reply by derek in winnipeg CANADA @ 19:41 on Jan 13 2014

I agree with Ryan.As a fellow south african who is involved in praise and worship.i can play any type of music whether it be zulu,xhosa.sotho.english.afrikaans.The message is the same and not affected by cultural differences.

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Posted by Ryan in Canada @ 07:43 on May 11 2012

Is there any legal way to pay for this album and download as a mp3, really love this Album?

Posted by Charmaine in Johannesburg South Africa @ 08:08 on Mar 14 2012

can I please have the chords for Acceptance for you on this CD - WONDERFUL WORSHIP!!!!!

Posted by marie luz daguio in isabela, philippines @ 13:44 on May 7 2011

i love the songs and may you pls give us the lyrics of the songs included in this cd on internet, pls, pls, pls?

Posted by faris in derby, Uk @ 19:51 on Nov 7 2009

i would like to order this CD, how can u help me to order this and how much is it costing to buy it from here, i look forward to here from u.

God bless

Posted by Sesiliaa Williams in New Zealand Auckland @ 01:40 on Dec 11 2007

I am still looking for this cd i cannot find at any christian book shop where can i buy this Cd

Posted by Jossette Rose in London, England @ 20:38 on Feb 12 2007

I purchased 2 of your cd's and i would do almost anything to get somemore. How can i go about it?

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