Gumboots

Gumboots

Streaming Music - 2000 | Zulu
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It would be tempting to describe Gumboots as a South African version of Tap Dogs or even Lord of the Dance , and based solely on this recording, it wouldn't be that far off. The "gumboots" of the title refers to boots that South African mineworkers used to wear. Often adorned with bottle tops, they could also be used as percussive instruments as the workers performed a variety of dances. Most recently, they've been endorsed as a symbol of self-expression and liberation by the Rishile Gumboot Dancers of Soweto. Although some of the songs are traditional, most of the material was written by Zenzi Mbuli, the show's director, and Vincent Ncabashe, and should appeal to fans of South African pop and of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. But while the songs are good enough, the whole point of Gumboots is to let the dancers fiercely strut their stuff--and judging by this CD, these boots are made for stomping. --Elisabeth Vincentelli.
Publisher: New York, NY :, RCA Victor,, [2000]
Copyright Date: ℗2000
Branch Call Number: Internet
Alternative Title: Naxos Music Library

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