African Litany

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African Litany
African Litany.jpg
Studio album by Juluka
Released 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Zulu rock
Length 40:13
Label Rhythm Safari
Producer Hilton Rosenthal
Juluka chronology
Universal Men
Musa Ukungilandela
Ubuhle Bemvelo
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

African Litany is the second studio album from South African band Juluka, released in 1981.[2] It features lyrics sung in English and Zulu.

The first track, Impi, which became one of the band's hits, retells the story of the Battle of Isandlwana, won by the Zulu, and was banned from the radio in South Africa at the time, but gained underground popularity. It remains a cult classic in South Africa and has now become mainstream to the point of often been associated with international sports events, in particular rugby.


Track listing[edit]

  1. "Impi"
  2. "African Sky Blue"
  3. "Jarusalema"
  4. "African Litany"
  5. "Bull-Man-Free"
  6. "Gijim'beke"
  7. "Heart of the Dancer"
  8. "High Country"
  9. "Mama Shabalala"
  10. "Thandiwe"


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Scatterlings Club". Retrieved 2010-06-01.