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South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo Win 5th Grammy Awards



The South African all-male choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a perennial favorite at the Grammys, on Sunday won for the fifth time with an album that revisits one of its breakthrough works.
The ensemble – which has brought a global audience to the traditional Zulu style of harmony-driven singing, known as isicathamiya – took the Best World Music Album award for “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Collection.
A jubilant Mzisi Tshabalala accepted the award on behalf of the rest of the group, which is currently on tour in California.
He told Eyewitness News that the message behind Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s music is still the same as its always been.

“It’s message that people have to unite in, not in fighting with each other but harmony and peace and love conquers all.”
The group won its first-ever Grammy for the original recording of Shaka Zulu 30 years ago.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo came to worldwide attention when Paul Simon enlisted the group for his 1986 album “Graceland,” a landmark work of world music fusion which revived the folk icon’s career and won the most prestigious Grammy for Album of the Year.
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