For more than 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. Most recently, the four-time Grammy Award winning group — including the 2013 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album — celebrated the 25th anniversary of their groundbreaking collaboration with Paul Simon on his seminal album, Graceland. Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo reunited to tour the music of Graceland and to reflect on the legacy of that album in Under African Skies, a documentary prominently featured on PBS. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy. Over the years, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love, and harmony to millions of people. The newer members, in turn, have infused the group with their youthful energy and the promise of a bright future. Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala looks to these young men to carry on his dream to “keep South Africa alive in people’s hearts” for years to come.
“It isn’t merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being.” - Paul Simon
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