Pure Gold - Ubani

Saturday 1st September 1990
Pure Gold - Ubani

STYLE: World
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Go! Global
FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Pure Gold will be a revelation to those unfamiliar with the delights of Afro gospel. A male voice choir from South Africa's Old Apostolic Church it was in '85 that the choir, previously acapella, took the adventurous step of singing over contemporary township mbaqanga (um-ba-kanga) rhythms — the jive sound of urban South Africa. Since then they haven’t looked back and now their albums go gold and they've been a primary vehicle for spreading the gospel in their troubled nation. Pure Gold's wondrous singing style using powerful Mbube (em-boo-bay) melodies and swooping and shimmering four part harmonies are a delight to the ear. Standouts on a superb album are the insidious dance "Ubani Oku Holayo" and the compelling  "Nginethuba Lambi". But there are joyful, fresh sounds wherever you listen. Develop your world music sensibilities and check out their album

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Posted by Moyochelesile in United kingdom @ 00:51 on Feb 3 2012

May the lord bless these guys they way they sing it blesses me with true holy spirit I wish if they sing it comes from their hearts may the lord bless them with their family I real enjoy a lot

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