Ladysmith Black Mambazo


  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs during the closing ceremony prior to the 2010 World Cup football final between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (rear) and elephant puppeteers perform during the closing ceremony prior to the 2010 World Cup football final between the Netherlands and Spain on July 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto, suburban Johannesburg.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo - JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 11:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform during the closing ceremony, prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo - JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 11:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform during the closing ceremony, prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo - JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 11:  Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform on stage during the Closing Ceremony ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Final match between Netherlands and Spain at Soccer City Stadium on July 11, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Colombian singer Shakira (L) and Joseph Shabalala, music director of Grammy Award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo and founder of the prize,  hold the Jo'bulani football that will be used for the final during a press conference on July 10, 2010 at Soccer City Stadium in Soweto, suburb of Johannesburg, on the eve of the 2010 Football World Cup final between The Netherlands and Spain. South Africa basked today in the success of its trouble-free World Cup, as finishing touches were put to the closing ceremony with superstar Shakira and a herd of giant elephant puppets.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded by Joseph Shabalala in 1974. They've cut well over 30 albums since, but the group did not become well known outside of South Africa until Paul Simon asked them to perform on Graceland. Shabalala was born into a poor family that lived on a white man's farm near the town of Ladysmith. There were eight children in the Shabalala family, and, as the oldest boy, it ...more


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