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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Male World Ensemble from Ladysmith, South Africa.

For over forty years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of theirnative South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. Their musical efforts over the past four decades have garnered praise and accolades within the recording industry, but also solidified their identity as a cultural force to be reckoned with.

Assembled in the early 1960s, in Durban South Africa, by Joseph Shabalala (still currently leading the group) - then a young farmboy turned factory worker -Joseph took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ladysmith being the name of Shabalala's rural hometown; Black being a reference to oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo being the Zulu word for axe, a symbol of the group's ability to "chop down" any singing rival who might challenge them. Their collective voices were so tight and their harmonies so polished that they were eventually banned from competitions - although they were welcomed to participate strictly as entertainers.

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Awards
2013 - Grammy Winner - Best World Music Album - Live: Singing For Peace Around The World
2008 - Grammy Winner - Best Traditional World Music Album - Ilembe - Honoring Shaka Zulu
2004 - Grammy Winner - Best Traditional World Music Album - Raise Your Spirit Higher
1987 - Grammy Winner - Best Traditional Folk Recording - Shaka Zulu

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Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain : SATB : Joseph Shabalala : Ladysmith Black Mambazo : 08749870 : 884088348601

Joseph Shabalala : Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain

The famed South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo led by Joseph Shabalala creates moments of transformative beauty with their unique sound and vivid imagery. Choirs will enjoy recreating this evocative work.

Arranger: Joseph Shabalala Performed By: Ladysmith Black Mambazo | Country: Zulu

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella | video
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08749870


Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain : TTBB : Joseph Shabalala : Ladysmith Black Mambazo : Sheet Music : 08749871 : 884088348618

Joseph Shabalala : Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain

The famed South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo led by Joseph Shabalala creates moments of transformative beauty with their unique sound and vivid imagery. Choirs will enjoy recreating this evocative work.

Arranger: Joseph Shabalala Performed By: Ladysmith Black Mambazo | Country: Africa

More details
Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella | video
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08749871


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