South African all-male choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo, has for the 5th time won a Grammys.
The 60th annual Grammy awards held on Sunday, 28th January 2018. Lady Smith Black Mambazo won an award for best world music 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.
In 1986, 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. This was how Black Mambazo came to the spotlight.
The following year, “Shaka Zulu” came. The album was re-recorded in order to pay tribute to the group’s founder Joseph Shabalala, who has retired and handed control to his four sons.
According to his sons, it wasn’t only paying tribute to their Father, but also to earlier members of the group who have since died