Date: February 18, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Gold Sponsor: Masters Gallery Foods
Just Announced: South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo wins GRAMMY AWARD for Best World Music Album 2017
(January 28, 2018). It was announced today that the world renowned South African singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo was awarded the GRAMMY AWARD for Best World Music Album of 2017 for their recording, SHAKA ZULU REVISITED. This is the 5TH GRAMMY Award the group has won in their long and storied career. Formed in the 1960's by Joseph Shabalala (retired 2014), the group is now led by Joseph's four sons, Thulani, Sibongiseni, Thamsanqa and Msizi Shabalala. On winning the GRAMMY Award, the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo say "This is the highest honour we can receive from the music profession. It is humbling to know that this fifth GRAMMY Award, for Ladysmith Black Mambazo, is the most any World Music group has ever received. Each time we step into a recording studio we work very hard to create something true to our culture, true to our country of South Africa and to true to our message of Peace and Love. The great Nelson Mandela told us that it was our mission to use our ability to be heard all over the world as a means to spread this message of peace. We will never cease in this and we thank the GRAMMY Awards for being part of our mission. We'd like to thank our fans for their continued support in this musical journey of ours. Of course we thank the people of South Africa, who have long supported us as artistic leaders for their nation."
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For over 50 years, South Africa’s Five Time GRAMMY Award winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. 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.
Since the world discovered their powerful a cappella vocals from Paul Simon’s Graceland album, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading a message of peace, love, and harmony to millions of people the world over. The younger members, led by the four sons of group founder Joseph Shabalala, who joined the group almost twenty five years ago, have infused the group with a youthful energy and the promise of a bright future.
It was Nelson Mandela who anointed the group “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world,” a designation the members carry with them with the highest honor. In their Fall 2017 release entitled Songs Of Peace & Love For Kids & Parents, Ladysmith Black Mambazo shares their uplifting message with audiences of all ages through their music and the stories behind the songs.
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