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Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Isicathamiya , World Music. Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Lomhlaba Kawnoni. They became known internationally after singing with Paul Simon on his album Graceland, and have won multiple awards, including five Grammy Awards, dedicating their fifth Grammy to the late former President Nelson Mandela. Formed by Joseph Shabalala in , Ladysmith Black Mambazo became one of South Africa's most prolific recording artists, with their releases receiving.
Sung in both Zulu and English, Shaka Zulu is a quietly majestic masterpiece of the all-male, a cappella isicathamiya choral tradition. Listen album. The group was described as 'so good' that they were eventually forbidden to enter the competitions, but welcomed to entertain at them.
They released their first album, Amabutho , in The album, along with many other releases by the group, received gold disc certification. The members of the group were relatives mostly brothers and cousins of Shabalala, with many having sung with him while he was growing up on the farm where he was born.
Although the group did sing well together and captured the sound of cothoza mfana "tiptoe boys", a s slang term for isicathamiya and mbube groups of the time, they were unknown outside of the Ladysmith district. In , Shabalala had a series of recurring dreams during his sleep, over a period of six months, featuring a choir singing in perfect harmony. As a result, he reformed the group, bringing on board newer younger relatives but keeping the group name.
He strove to teach them the harmonies from his dreams, creating what was to become a signature tune for the group: "Nomathemba" a girl's name, meaning "hope". After deciding that this group well replicated the beautiful, soft sounds from his dreams, Shabalala entered the group into isicathamiya competitions, held on Saturday nights in the halls of hostels in Durban and Johannesburg. The group managed to win nearly every competition that was held.
As a result, Shabalala decided to change the name of the group to be more descriptive of its talent. The name "Ezimnyama" was replaced by "Ladysmith Black Mambazo". The three elements of the new name were: the hometown of Shabalala's family, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal ; the black ox , considered to be the strongest farm animal; and mambazo , which means " axe " in the Zulu language , and is symbolic of the choir's ability to "chop down" the competition.
Eventually, by the early s, the group was forbidden to compete in the competitions because of their continual success. They were, however, welcome to perform without taking part in the competition itself. Ladysmith Black Mambazo released their first album the following year, Amabutho , which received gold status and was the first album by a black musician or group in South Africa to do so.
Their subsequent albums also received gold or platinum certification. The group saw many changes; whereas the early line-ups were formed of a few Shabalalas and two Funokwakhe and Ngali Mazibukos, the group largely included members unrelated to Joseph. Albert is the longest remaining member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo aside from Joseph Shabalalas and has been a full-time member of the group since After the killing of his brother Milton in  Albert remained in the line-up, by which time his brothers Funokwakhe Mazibuko left ladysmith black mambazo in Ngali Mazibuko had left ladysmith black mambazo in and his youngest brother Abednego had joined.
In , Shabalala converted to Christianity and a host of religious material now entered the group's repertoire. Mambazo's first religious album, Ukukhanya Kwelanga , was released soon afterwards. It earned a double platinum disc award, and the group's repertoire came to be dominated by hymns, mostly Methodist.
Their LP Ukusindiswa became one of their most popular religious albums, selling double gold discs within three weeks of release. The following year, the group travelled back to Germany to appear on a televised quiz programme, bringing about requests for more live appearances. In , Paul Simon travelled to South Africa in the hope of collaborating with African musicians for his Graceland album.
Simon contacted Shabalala and conversed with him in person — after much discussion and excitement, the group travelled to London to record with Simon. My Profile. Advanced Search. Relaxation Comfort. Track Listing. Joseph Shabalala. Hello My Baby. King of Kings.
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