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Y3 CYCLE A: World Music Traditions: South African Music: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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Genre: World Music Traditions

Style: South African Vocal


Composer / Artist: Ladysmith Black Mambazo




Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a South African male choral group singing in the local vocal styles of isicathamiya. They became known internationally after singing with Paul Simon on his 1986 album 'Graceland', and have won multiple awards, including five Grammy Awards, dedicating their fifth Grammy to the late former President Nelson Mandela.
Active from: 1960 - Present
Origin: Ladysmith City, South Africa

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Nomathemba (Live on KEXP)

'Nomathemba' by Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a captivating harmony-filled masterpiece. Their mesmerizing vocals blend effortlessly, carrying a message of hope and resilience. This uplifting song is a true testament to the group's incredible talent and timeless musical legacy.
Performed live in the KEXP studio.
Recorded February 1, 2016.

'Freedom is Coming' - Traditional South African Song

Paul Simon & Ladysmith Black Mambazo - 'Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes' (1986)

(a-wa) O kodwa u zo-nge li-sa namhlange
(a-wa a-wa) Si-bona kwenze ka kanjani
(a-wa a-wa) Amanto mbazane ayeza

She's a rich girl
She don't try to hide it
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo - "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes" LIVE (2007)

In 2007, Paul Simon won the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington, D.C, USA. Here he performs "Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes".

Labi Siffre-Something Inside So Strong.(1987) Original Video.

A song in response to Apartheid in South Africa

Ladysmith Black Mambazo - 'Inkanyezi Nezazi'

Written in 1992 but became famous after featuring on a Heinz Beans advert. It got to number 2 in the UK charts in 1997.

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