Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Headlining: Main Stage, Sunday 2015

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

In 2014, Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrated over fifty years of joyous and uplifting music. Within this music are the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions. Their collective voices so tight and their harmonies so polished that by the end of the 1960's they were banned from competitions, although they were welcome to participate as entertainers. In 2013 the group released Live: Singing For Peace Around The World which was recorded during their World Tours of 2011 and 2012. Later that year this CD was nominated by the Grammy Awards as Best World Music CD for 2013. In 2014 the group released their newest CD, Always With Us.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at MTV Africa Music Awards
Ladysmith Black Mambazo at MTV Africa Music Awards

Ladysmith Black Mambazo have recorded with numerous artists from around the world, including Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan and many others. Their film work includes a featured appearance in Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker video. They've provided soundtrack material for Disney’s The Lion King, Part II as well as Eddie Murphy’s Coming To America. In more recent popular culture they have been part of such shows as The Family Guy and the movie Mean Girls.