Albert Mazibuko, Abednego Mazibuko, Thulani Shabalala,
Sibongiseni Shabalala, Thamsanqa Shabalala,
Msizi Shabalala, Mfanafuthi Dlamini, Pius Shezi, Sabelo Mthembu
si ringrazia l’Ambasciata del Sudafrica in Italia
Building on a rich native vocal culture and on the choral tradition of colonial Christian churches, the South African black population has developed a sophisticated choral art since the nineteenth century. In a music landscape where vocal polyphony has dominated, choral singing is still widely appreciated and practised by young generations of South Africans, and continues to be one of the driving sectors of the music industry. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, formed in 1960 and launched by their collaboration with Paul Simon’s successful album Graceland (1986), were the first who actively contributed to international appreciation. Over the past thirty years, they have had a prolific activity as concert and recording artists, winning multiple awards at home and abroad.