Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Company: Standard Bank Jazz Festival & National Arts Festival
With 5 Grammy awards and 16 Grammy nominations since 1988, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is South Africa’s premier musical group, having released more than 65 albums since their 1970 recording debut.
Formed in 1960 by Joseph Shabalala, the a cappella group combines isicathamiya with traditional Zulu dance and their international success offers a powerful message about the importance of honouring one’s culture. Their collaboration with Paul Simon on his Graceland album in 1985 launched them onto the global stage and they have collaborated with a fascinating mix of musicians since, including Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Miriam Makeba, Joe McBride and Thandiswa Mazwai. Mdletshe Mazibuko, Mpindela Mazibuko, Msizi Shabalala, Thulani Shabalala, Thamsanqa Shabalala, Mfanafuthi Dlamini, Sibongiseni Shabalala, Sabelo Mthembu and Pius Shezi.