Ladysmith Black Mambazo
The Gentle Harmony Of African Male Voices
The gentle, uplifting a cappella singing of Ladysmith Black Mambazo
(often misspelled as "Mombasa" or "Mombazo") will have exactly that
effect on you:
Let's admit it, Ladies. Our hearts warm up at the sound of deep,
soothing male voices singing in harmony. Even more if they
make us dream of an exotic, peaceful world.
Origin and genre
The traditional Zulu singing of these men is called isicathamiya
music was born in the colonial days of South
Black workers were
forced to slave away in diamond
mines for 6 days a week with poor housing and worse pay. On
the 7th day, they rested and entertained themselves with
songs and dances - in a quiet way that would not disturb the camp
It is this musical tradition that Joseph Shabala desired to
alive in the 1960s. He had formed several groups but was
never satisfied with their singing. One night, he had a
beautiful dream of a choir, singing the
exact type of music he desired to create.
In the morning,
Shabala gathered his brothers and cousins to form a new group and bring
his dream to life. This
was the birth
of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
The group recorded over 50 albums. Even the very first,
“Amabutho”, won them a gold award in Africa and many more followed.
But international fame did not
come until Paul Simon recorded the album “Graceland” with them in 1986.
Since then, the a cappella choir won several Grammy Awards and keeps
moving audiences on world tours. Even after 50 years, it is still one
of South Africa's most remarkable performing groups.
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Zulu Music At It's Best
This choir is something the Zulu people can
be proud of. It not only represents their tribe globally, but
preserves their culture and music through their foundation.
It is the groups desire to spread the message of peace,
love and harmony through their work. One just can't get enough of these
African sounds and entertaining
dances. But don't worry:
This music plays on in your heart and
these voices keep you warm even when the show
What do YOU think about the group?
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