56 years and still rocking

56 years and still rocking

RETIRED: Shabalala

Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrated their anniversary with a concert.

Multi-Grammy Award-winning all male choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, are still going strong.

They have been making music for more than 50 years and the group hasn’t missed a beat since its founder Joseph Shabalala retired two years ago.

At a sold-out Joburg Theatre this weekend, the group staged a “Ladysmith Black Mambazo Night of Legends Concert”, a special 56th anniversary celebration.

The audience was enthralled with popular hits like Homeless, Nomathemba, Ofana Naye, Leli Lungelo Ngelakho and Phansi Emgodini.

Since its formation, more than 30 different men have been part of Black Mambazo, which has a permanent singing line-up of nine members.

The group has produced over 30 albums since releasing their first in 1973, including their highly successful collaboration on Graceland.

The group of music veterans still believes music is not just a young man’s game and Black Mambazo have twice toured the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and Italy.

But Shabalala’s retirement has robbed the group of a steady guiding hand and an instantly recognisable face, voice and figure.

Yet it seems the legacy he founded and left behind continues to flourish and the weekend show was a sold-out 

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