Unlike Raise Your Spirit Higher - Wenyukela, which involved consistent South African-based traditions, No Boundaries merges seemingly disparate musical genres, the centuries-old Zulu-derived folkloric music of South Africa with the centuries-old European classical music tradition, and executive producer Robert Brooks is just the person to make it work. For Brooks is the chairman of the International Classical Music Festival , whose mission is to make people aware internationally of African’s musical heritage by combining indigenous African music with classical works. German arranger Isak Roux, having been born in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, understands the mission as well.
Thus, we hear Schubert, Mozart and Bach sung in a way never heard before by a group that, though not raised in the continent of the music’s origin, understands its reverent feel and unabashedly incorporates it in their renditions. The synthesis is no more apparent than on "Sanctus," on which Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s a-continent-away perspective contrasts with the traditional operatic singing of tenor Robert Brooks. "Amazing Grace" refers to the group’s arrangement, this time orchestrated, with Paul Simon from its Journey Of Dreams album.
Even though Roux re-arranges some of his own European-based compositions like "Dona Nobis Pacem" for Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the commonality of its gospel origins apparent within the English Chamber Orchestra’s accompaniment, the vocal group applies some of the lessons of its homeland’s music to the universality of its message. "Rejoice," rearranged for No Boundaries, encourages enthusiastic worship through the joy of the music, or "Awu Wemadoda," conveying its message through contrapuntal weaving whose texture is unique to the group, presents the age-old symbol of the quest as a guide for spiritual enrichment.
By taking its music a step further with the addition of the English Chamber Orchestra, Ladysmith Black Mambazo adds another dimension to its signature music that has inspired listeners within its own country and gradually around the world for decades.