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These three extraordinary brothers from South Africa - Loyiso, Zwai and Phelo - combine operatic voices, rich harmonies, R&B energy and traditional South African melodies and rhythms into something entirely unique. They broke the color barrier of the famous Drakensberg Boys' Choir during the depths of Apartheid, they headlined at the Cape Town Stadium tribute to Nelson Mandela in 2013, and here they perform an inspiring live program of music ranging from the Lion King to Paul Simon, in their hometown Johannesburg's beautiful Lyric Theatre. As a tribute to the late South African President Mandela, the Bala Brothers perform the Labi Siffre classic, "Something Inside So Strong" a moving moment in the program made all the more poignant by the presence of Winnie Mandela in the audience.
Personnel: Jonathan Crossley (guitar); Olga Korvink, Bernard Madumo, Simiso Radebe, Olga Maraba, Melate Mantu, Kabelo Motlhomi (violin); Andrea Erasmu, Tiisetso Mashishi (viola); Daliwonga Tshangela, Polina Burdokova (cello); Ilke Alexander (flute); Allan Thompson (clarinet); Camron Andrews (saxophone); Phil Cox, Donald Bouwer (trumpet); Peter Griffiths, Shannon Armer (French horn); Alexander Hitzeroth (trombone); Mdu Mtshali (piano); Michael Whalen (organ, keyboards, synthesizer, percussion programming); Nico Kruger (double bass); Benjamin Jephta (bass guitar); Rob Watson (drums); Thomas Diyani (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Michael Whalen.
Recording information: The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, South Africa (10/24/2014/10/25/2014).
Editor: Carlos Fonseca.
Photographers: Lee-Roy Jason; Joanne Olivier.
Arrangers: Frank Lindquist; Michael Whalen.
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