Ladysmith Black Mambazo to honour Madiba at Mandela Day concert

Legendary South African choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, will honour former president Nelson Mandela with a Mandela Day concert at the Joburg Theatre on 17 July. Speaking to The Star, Sibongiseni Shabalala, the son of the group’s founder Joseph Shabalala, said the concert will also honour his father. 

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HONOURING JOSEPH SHABALALA AND NELSON MANDELA

Sibongiseni Shabalala told The Star that Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s concert at the Joburg Theatre will celebrate Joseph Shabalala and Nelson Mandela for their contribution to where South Africa is now. 

“Madiba went to prison for 27 years, fighting for our freedom. My father was able to promote traditional music all over the world…And the group was able to win five Grammy Awards with traditional music that nobody thought could win anything in the world,” said Shabalala.

Shabalala added that Ladysmith Black Mambazo would perform memorable songs at the concert including Long Walk To Freedom, a song that was dedicated to Nelson Mandela for being the first democratically elected president of South Africa. 

MANDELA DAY CONCERT TO BE BROADCAST ON BET AFRICA

Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Concert is set to be broadcast on BET Africa at a later stage. 

Tickets for the concert are available on Web Tickets for R250 each. The concert will kick off at 15:00 Sunday 17 July. 

Tickets are available here

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COLLABORATING WITH BURNA BOY 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has scored a feature on Burna Boy’s upcoming sixth studio album, Love, Damini, set to be released on 9 July. The choral group are featured on the intro and outro of the album. 

Speaking to TshisaLive, Sibongiseni Shabalala said: “The people who listen to Burna Boy’s music will discover Mambazo, same as it happened with Paul Simon with his recent album so we’re going to reach new fans.”

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