ISICATHAMIYA award winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo is back in mzansi fresh from winning their 5th Grammy Award with their latest album ‘Shaka Zulu Revisited’ earlier this year.
Out of two nominations at the Grammy’s, they scooped the Best World Music category! They dedicate this award to former President Nelson Mandela.
All time favorite of the late great Nelson Mandela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo travelled with the future South African president, at his request, when he went to Oslo, Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
A year later they were singing at the inauguration of the newly elected President in 1994.
After many more special appearances with the South African icon, Mandela proclaimed the group South Africa`s Cultural Ambassadors to the World.
This year the Isicathamiya music group is celebrating an amazing 58 years in the music industry.
They are regarded as a mobile academy of South African cultural heritage through their African indigenous Isicathamiya music.
Most importantly, the group also salutes and dedicates this award to their founder, Professor Joseph Shabalala who led this group from the dusty streets of Ladysmith to global prominence.
Speaking to Metro FM’s DJ Fresh on his daily morning show today, they were asked if ubaba Shabalala was doing well (health-wise) and they responded “he’s doing OK.”
“We’re happy with his state of condition so far; although under strict observations,” they agreed in unison.
‘Diamonds on the Soles and Homeless’ hit-makers showcase for three days to commemorate the centenary of the late world icon, former president Mandela this June at State Theatre.
1st June, Friday 20:00
2nd June, Saturday 20:00
3rd June, Sunday 15:00
Tickets: R150- R300 at Computicket outlets nationwide.
This weekend they set the stage alight at The Bassline Festival-Jozi’s Constitution Hill on Saturday and at Bushfire- eSwatini, respectively.