South African a cappella singing sensation, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, has been thrilling audiences around the world with its strong, proud melodies and graceful Zulu dance moves for nearly half a century.
With the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway, the group has married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian sacred music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that represents every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape.
Catapulted to worldwide fame when Paul Simon incorporated Ladysmith's rich harmonies into his album Graceland in 1986, the rest is history. Graceland won many awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year. Since then, the group has received a stunning fifteen Grammy Award Nominations, and just now won its fourth Grammy for best world music album, Live: Singing for Peace around the World, which is dedicated to Nelson Mandela. "I felt like I was flying," said member Albert Mazibuko. "We have won Grammys, but this one is very important because it's dedicated to the man who dedicated his life to peace."
As a global ambassador for post-apartheid South Africa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has become a joyous and uplifting phenomenon synonymous with world music and peace.
"It isn't merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being." – Paul Simon