Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Dreams

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Thursday June 27, 2013


One dream after another (Ladysmith Black Mambazo previewed) By: Peter Hum

…Mazibuko’s modest epiphany was in 1981, more than a decade after he joined the group that was formed by his cousin in the early 1960s to perform at weddings and win singing competitions.

Since then the group, has seen one dream after another, and events and accolades beyond their imaginations, come to pass. The group made its global splash in the mid-1980s after Paul Simon featured it on his Graceland album. It has since been nominated for more than a dozen Grammy Awards, winning three times in the traditional folk and world music categories.

Perhaps most significantly, it performed to honour Nelson Mandela during the major milestones of their great countryman’s life following his release from prison in 1990.

Joseph Shabalala, Mazibuko’s older cousin, formed Ladysmith Black Mambazo to bring to life recurring dreams that he had in the mid-1960s of a choir singing in perfect harmony.

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