Black Mambazo grabs fourth Grammy

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JOHANESBURG — Legendary South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has won a fourth Grammy in the category of best world music.
The group shared the best world music award with the Gipsy Kings.

Ladysmith Black Mamabazo won the Grammy for their live album Singing for Peace Around the World.

The choir dedicated the work to late anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

The Grammy was the fourth won by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a male choral group from South Africa that sings in the vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube.

They rose to worldwide prominence as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his album, Graceland, and have won multiple awards, including four Grammy awards.

They were formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1960 and later became one of South Africa’s most prolific recording artistes, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc honours.

The group has now become a mobile academy, teaching people about South Africa and its culture.

It has achieved outstanding success over the years.
Awards:

  • 1981 SARIE Award — best choral group on disc
  • 1988 Grammy award — best traditional folk recording —Shaka Zulu
  • 1993 Drama Desk award — Outstanding music in a play — The Song of Jacob Zulu (stage)
  • 1996 Drama Desk award — best original music score — Nomathemba (stage)
  • 1997 SAMA award — best Zulu music album — Ukuzala-Ukuzelula
  • 1997 SAMA award — best duo or group award — Ukuzala-Ukuzelula
  • 2001 SAMA award — best Zulu music album — Lihl’ Ixhiba Likagogo
  • 2005 Grammy award — Best Traditional world music album — Raise Your Spirit Higher
  • 2008 SAMA award — best traditional a cappella album — Ilembe
  • 2009 Grammy award best traditional world music album — Ilembe: Honouring Shaka Zulu


Nominations:

  • 1988 Grammy award best traditional folk recording — Shaka Zulu
  • 1991 Grammy award — best traditional world music album — Classic Tracks
  • 1993 Grammy Award best traditional world music album — Best of Volume One
  • 1995 Grammy Award best traditional world music album — Liph’ Iqiniso
  • 1995 Grammy award — best traditional world music album — Gift of the Tortoise
  • 1996 Grammy award best traditional world music album —Thuthukani Ngoxolo
  • 1998 Grammy award — best contemporary world music album — Heavenly
  • 1999 Grammy award — best traditional world music album — Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  • 2001 Academy award — best short documentary film — Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom
  • 2002 Emmy award — best cultural documentary on Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom
  • 2005 Grammy award — best traditional world music album — Raise Your Spirit Higher

— SABC