Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrates more than fifty years of joyous and uplifting music. Within their singing are the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. In those fifty plus years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual message that has touched a worldwide audience. Their singing efforts have garnered praise and accolades from a wide body of people, organizations and countries.

During the 1970's Ladysmith Black Mambazo established themselves as the most successful singing group in South Africa. In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated the group's rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his famous Graceland album – a landmark recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences. A year later, Paul Simon produced Ladysmith Black Mambazo's first worldwide release, Shaka Zulu, which won a Grammy Award in 1988. Since then, the group has been awarded three more Grammy Awards (Raise Your Spirit Higher (2004), and Ilembe (2009), and Singing For Peace Around The World (2013)) and has been nominated a total of fifteen times.

In addition to their work with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with numerous artists, including Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge, and many others. They have provided film soundtrack material for Disney’s The Lion King, Part II as well as Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America, Marlon Brando’s A Dry White Season, James Earl Jones’ Cry The Beloved Country and Clint Eastwood's Invictus. A film documentary titled On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom, the Story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was nominated for an Academy Award. They have even appeared on Broadway and have been nominated for Tony Awards.

In 2014 the group releaseD their newest CD, Always With Us, a tribute to the group and Shabalala family matriarch, Nellie Shabalala, Joseph Shabalala's wife who passed away in 2002. This collection of songs are recordings that Nellie made with her church choir in 2001. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has since added their voices to Nellie's recordings to create a collection of hauntingly beautiful songs that are a tribute to Nellie Shabalala’s life and memory.

In 2016 the band released Walking In The Footsteps of Our Fathers, earning a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.

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