29 January 2018

Ladysmith Black Mambazo win fifth Grammy

The all-male group won a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album with an album that revisits one of their breakthrough works, titled the 'Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration'.

The album “Shaka Zulu” was first recorded in 1987, and the group decided to re-record the album in tribute to the group’s founder Joseph Shabalala who has retired and handed control to his four sons and the sons of some of the group's founding members who have since died.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo won their first Grammy in 1988 for Best Traditional Folk Recording, in 2004 and 2009 they brought home the Best Traditional World Music Album award, and in 2013 the group won the award for Best World Music Album.

The group took to Twitter after bagging the award to thank their fans, friends and the country for their win.

The group took to Twitter after bagging the award and thanked their fans, friends and the country for the award.

The group said they were performing on stagein Berkeley California when they learned that they won the Grammy Award lastnight.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo first got their international attention in the 1980s when Paul Simon enlisted the group for his 1986 album "Graceland".

All in the group has been nominated 18 times.

American artists Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar also stole the show, taking home most of the awards in each category.

Bruno Mars pulled off a clean sweep with six awards including the Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year - the three most prestigious awards. Kendrick Lamar won four for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Album.

By: Thulile Gama