Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Formed 1964.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo


Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a male choral group from South Africa that sings in the vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube. They rose to worldwide prominence as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his album, Graceland, and have won multiple awards, including four Grammy Awards. They were formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1960 and later became one of South Africa's most prolific recording artists, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc honors. The group has now become a mobile academy, teaching people about South Africa and its culture.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Songs from a Zulu Farm

    Songs from a Zulu Farm 2011

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    The South African vocal group breaks new ground by looking to their past.
  2. Review of Ilembe - Our Tribute to King Shaka

    Ilembe - Our Tribute to King Shaka 2007

    Reviewed by Guy Hayden
    12 new tracks after 40 previous albums is probably about 10 too many.
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