If you were asked what defines South African music, chances are you would name legendary isicathamiya group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. If not, then you are sleeping on greatness fam!
South African isicathamiya group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo stays representing us overseas and this time around they have been nominated for 2018 Grammy Awards in categories, Best World Music for Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration and Best Children’s Album for Songs Of Peace & Love For Kids & Parents Around The World. They shared the exciting news on their Twitter account:
INCREDIBLE NEWS!! The GRAMMY Awards nominated TWO of our cds this year. Best Children’s Album of 2017…Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World. Best World Music Album of 2017…Shaka Zulu Revisited. WHAT INCREDIBLE NEWS!!
— Ladysmith Black Mambazo (@therealmambazo) November 28, 2017
This is not the first time that they have nominated for a Grammy, in fact, they have won 4 Grammys in the past and this is just an example that these are South African treasures which should be celebrated.
Plenty of reactions have been coming through with most congratulating the accomplished group with the Department Of Arts and Culture ministry showing love. Others were quick to point out that Ladysmith Black Mambazo doesn’t have their music play listed on the radio in the country but they are always honoured overseas. However, one user stated that maybe we don’t need to have your music played on radio or television for you to recognized for your talent.
Peep the tweets below!
Congrats to Ladysmith Black Mambazo for their Grammy nomination. they’re always recognised internationally and yet local radios fails to air their music!
— Jobe (@ndumisosithol) November 29, 2017
Its not by mistake that Ladysmith Black Mambazo was featured on Michael Jackson’s moonwalker…its because they are legends. Congrats to the group on their Grammy nominations! God is good. #GRAMMYs #SouthAfrica
— IamPreciousM (@Real_Precious_M) November 29, 2017
Two Grammy nods for Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Wow 👏👏… Talk about a career categorised by excellence. Our sounds, our culture on the world stage yet again, thanks to them.
— BabyBrotherAlbum (@Blaklez) November 28, 2017
If there’s anything we should learn from Ladysmith Black Mambazo,is that you don’t need Radio or TV to play your music for these people to recognize your talent,Black Child you can do it on your own you just gotta put in the work and believe 🔥🔥💯
— #CallMeKO (@FrostbitePapi) November 29, 2017
The Grammy Awards stay recognising LadySmith Black Mambazo, but we hardly ever hear their music on our local radio
— Menzi 👓 Ngcobo (@MrMenziN) November 29, 2017
Your fav rappers with no Grammy:
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has 4.
They are nominated again for 2 categories this year.
If anything, this proves that traditional African sound stays winning.#GRAMMYs
— Nkanyiso (@TheGem_Ninela) November 28, 2017
Congratulations to the legends and the constant strides they make to represent South Africa to the world. We are proud!