Artist Of The Day: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

posted by Shane German on 10/10/2018

Wednesday October 10th: LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO

Founded by Joseph Shabalala during the 1960s, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a 5 time Grammy-winning choral group from South Africa. Specializing in isicathamiya, a harmony-focused Zulu style of a cappella and offshoot of mbube, they became known to pop audiences around the world when Paul Simon featured them on his 1986 album, Graceland. After joining Simon on his 1987 Graceland tour, they became regular headliners on the international touring circuit.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo became one of South Africa's most prolific recording artists, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc honors. The group became a mobile academy of South African cultural heritage through their African indigenous isicathamiya music. AllMusic Wikipedia

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