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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

  1. 1. Ladysmith Black Mambazo By Michelle Wright
  2. 2. Ladysmith Black Mambazo was formed back in the early 1960s while South Africa’s apartheid was still an issue. The group was brought together by a man named Joseph Shambalala, who was still just a farmboy/factory worker at the time. During this chaotic time in their homeland, they set a goal, one that was not aimed at any specific religion or belief system: “To bring the gospel of loving one another all over the world.” – Joseph Shambalala
  3. 3. Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Current Members: Joseph Shabalala Albert Mazibuko Msizi Shabalala Sibongiseni Shabalala Thamsanqa Shabalala Thulani Shabalala Russel Mthembu Abednego Mazibuko
  4. 4. Each part of the group’s name holds meaning. Ladysmith – the name of Joseph Shambalala’s hometown Black – a reference to oxen Mambazo – the Zulu word for axe, a reference to the group’s ability to “cut down” rivals.
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  6. 6. Eventually, Ladysmith Black Mambazo became too polished in their performances and were banned from competing in singing competitions because of it. They were, however, still welcomed as guests entertainment. The group’s sound combines traditional South African music to Christian music from the Western world, creating a truly unique fusion. To be specific, they retain a heavy influence from isicathamiya, a type of traditional South African music which was developed by overworked and underpaid miners who entertained themselves by singing on their day off.
  7. 7. The all-male group started on their path to recognition in Durban, South Africa, but would eventually make themselves known to the rest of the world, thanks mostly to a man named Paul Simon. In 1970, Ladysmith signed their first record contract after a successful radio broadcast.
  8. 8. Paul Simon
  9. 9. Right in the middle of the 80’s, Paul Simon first made contact with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and decided to include their amazing vocals in his upcoming 1986 album, Graceland, which many people believe was key in bringing world music in the spotlight. A year after Graceland’s Grammy-winning success, Paul Simon produced Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s first United States album, which was called Shaka Zulu, which also won a Grammy in 1988.
  10. 10. Since that first win in 1988, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been nominated for Grammy Awards 15 more times and has won three more total, the most recent of which was obtained in 2009.
  11. 11. The group has worked with a plethora of celebrity musicians, including, but not limited to: Stevie Wonder Josh Groban Dolly Parton Ben Harper Sarah McLachlan Natalie Merchant Melissa Etheridge Emmylou Harris Taj Mahal
  12. 12. Performance with Josh Groban: Performance with Dolly Parton:
  13. 13. In addition to celebrity musicians, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has also been welcomed into into the world of movie soundtracks. They made appearances in Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker video, as well as: Coming to America – Eddie Murphy Do It A Cappella – Spike Lee Invictus – Clint Eastwood A Dry White Season – Marlon Brando The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Sean Connery Cry To The Beloved Country – James Earl Jones
  14. 14. They also loaned out their vocals for the classic Disney movie, The Lion King…
  15. 15. …and made an appearance on Sesame Street with Paul Simon to help spread the cultural awareness and significance of Africa.
  16. 16. They were invited by Nelson Mandela to perform for the Queen of England and the Royal Family. Additionally, they have performed at two Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies, for Pope John Paul III, at the South African Presidential inagurations, and1996’s Summer Olympics, among many other events!
  17. 17. Discography Ilembe – 1996 Long Walk to Freedom – 2006 Journey of Dreams – 2003 The Chillout Sessions – 2002 The Warner Bross Collection – 2007 Gospel Songs – 1999 In Harmony – 1999 Heavenly – 1997 Spirit of South Africa – 1997 Thuthukani Ngoxolo – 1996 Gift of the Tortoise – 1994 Liph’ Iginiso – 1994 …
  18. 18. Discography (continued) Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Vol. 1 – 1992 Inkanyezi Nezazi – 1992 Umthombo Wamanzi – 1992 Thandani – 1990 Homeless – 1988 Ulwandle Oluncgwele -1988 Inala – 1987 Shaka Zulu – 1987 Induku Kethu – 1984 …and more.
  19. 19. Misc. Media ladysmith-snack-mambazo-ben-and-jerrys - Jimmy Fallon – 7Up Commercial - 1995 Rugby World Cup Final - A recent performance
  20. 20. Coming Soon These guys aren’t done yet. With new generations of young South African singers eager to lend their voices to this inspirational and internationally known group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will live on through the voices of youth, long after all of the original members have passed the torch.
  21. 21. Currently, six new recording projects are in the works, in addition to a concert DVD and a children’s project. Volume 1. of their new trilogy, Our South African Life, is set to be released in January of 2011, and will be called “Songs From a Zulu Farm.” This trilogy will tell the story of their life experiences, especially those of the group’s older members. Also in 2011, they will be setting out on tour yet again, and they will be making a return to the United States, performing here early on in the year.
  22. 22. "We are teachers. We travel the world spreading our message of Peace, Love and Harmony. What could be better or more important than that?“ – Joseph Shambalala
  23. 23. Bibliography and-jerrys-song.php