Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Sustain South Africa's Voice Through Music

Today I am spotlighting one of my favorite groups from South Africa! Ladysmith Black Mambazo. You may remember them from the movie Lion King, however in South Africa they are better known as a national treasure, Nelson Mandela has  once called them "South African cultural ambassadors"

Original member Albert Mazibuko tells PopEater the group strives to sing to more generations to come, especially with new album 'Songs from a Zulu Farm' on the way.

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Highlight from the interview

You've collaborated with so many notable musicians like Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney and Paul Simon. What's your best memory from those experiences?
Yes, we have been honored to be asked by so many famous and important people, so to pick just one out is very difficult. Of course the Paul Simon memory is the most important for us. We recently worked with Josh Groban, and I think this was different because he is of a new generation, and when we met him he showed that he really loved what we do. So knowing our singing has affected a new generation of artists was touching.

What did it mean to you when Nelson Mandela referred to you as cultural ambassadors of your nation?
This was the highest honor for us. To be singled out by Nelson Mandela told us that we needed to look at ourselves, as a group, differently. We truly represented our nation and had to continuously understand that responsibility.

Read the full interview here

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