Monday April 28, 2014
From The Citizen
International glory for Ladysmith Black Mambazo
By: Nandipha Pantsi
The story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (LBM) is not one which will be easily forgotten. A young Joseph Shabalala leaves his home in Ladysmith in the Fifties to find work in Durban. During the day he fixes cars, and by night he sings his heart out with the Highlanders, a popular group at the time.
It is this musical experience, together with a series of dreams in which he heard beautiful harmonies that then inspires Shabalala to gather his brothers, cousins and close friends to form what will become one of South Africa’s most successful musical groups. This year, LBM celebrates 54 years in the music industry and they are to be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the 20th South African Music Awards (Samas), which take place on Monday April 28.
“Getting this award is a huge honor for us,” says the group’s Albert Mazibuko, Shabalala’s cousin and one of the original members of the group.
“Being given this award is like South Africa saying thank you to us for being great ambassadors of local culture and heritage through our music.”
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