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Ladysmith Black Mambazo
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Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing at The Queen's Birthday Party in 2018
Background information
Origin Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Genres Isicathamiya, mbube
Years active 1960–present
Labels
  • Gallo
  • Warner Bros.
  • Shanachie
  • Wrasse
  • Heads Up International
  • Listen2
Members
  • Thulani Shabalala
  • Thamsanqa Shabalala
  • Sibongiseni Shabalala
  • Msizi Shabalala
  • Pius Shezi
  • Albert Mazibuko
  • Abednego Mazibuko
  • Sabelo Mthembu
  • Mfanafuthi Dlamini
Past members
  • Jockey Shabalala
  • Jabulani Dubazana
  • Inos Phungula
  • Ben Shabalala
  • Geophrey Mdletshe
  • Headman Shabalala
  • Milton Mazibuko
  • Funokwakhe Mazibuko
  • Joseph Shabalala
  • Walter Malinga
  • Russel Mthembu

Ladysmith Black Mambazo are a South African male choral group singing in the local vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube. They became known internationally after singing with Paul Simon on his 1986 album Graceland, and have won multiple awards, including five Grammy Awards, dedicating their fifth Grammy to the late former President Nelson Mandela.

Formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1960, Ladysmith Black Mambazo became one of South Africa's most prolific recording artists, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc honours. The group became a mobile academy of South African cultural heritage through their African indigenous isicathamiya music.

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