Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony The documentary Amandla! suffered from an overabundance of windy talking heads, which diluted the film's purpose: to demonstrate the vital role music played in black… Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony The documentary Amandla! suffered from an overabundance of windy talking heads, which diluted the film's purpose: to demonstrate the vital role music played in black… 2003-02-04 Various Artists Soundtracks World
Music Review

Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (2003)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Feb 04, 2003; Lead Performance: Various Artists; Genres: Soundtracks, World

The documentary Amandla! suffered from an overabundance of windy talking heads, which diluted the film's purpose: to demonstrate the vital role music played in black South Africans' long struggle for freedom. The CD corrects this error by letting us hear the full songs the movie's editors reduced to mere snippets. Sadly, though, the best cuts (by Miriam Makeba, Nancy Jacobs, and various community choirs) barely make up for overproduced tracks and uninformative liner notes.

Originally posted Mar 21, 2003 Published in issue #701 Mar 21, 2003 Order article reprints