About Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Influenced by traditional South African music and originating in the 1960s, the five-time Grammy Award-winning singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo continues the legacy of singing of peace, of love, and for everyone to live in harmony. The group has warmed hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has worked with some of music’s biggest artists over the years. In the mid-1980s, legendary singer/songwriter Paul Simon famously visited South Africa and incorporated the group’s rich harmonies into his acclaimed album Graceland, which took home Album of the Year at the 1987 Grammy Awards. The group has also collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge, and many others.
In 2017, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s album Shaka Zulu Revisited won a Grammy for Best World Music Album of the Year, 30 years after winning their first Grammy Award. Their music is as relevant today as it was over 50 years ago when it all began. The group returns to Bloomington for the first time since 2009 and is sure to present a mesmerizing and inspirational performance.