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In the wake of their participation on his Graceland album, Paul Simon produced this Ladysmith album, their most accessible work for Western ears, which is pristinely recorded and sung partially in English.

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Pure beauty

1st Time I heard Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the "Graceland" LP, I had to hear more of them. So I brought this LP when it 1st came out, and I was blown away with a fantstic sound of African music I could listen to it 24/7.......FANTASTIC


I actually can not get enough of this music, its so beautifull!


Bought the album as I had never got round to buying the album when it was out. Wanted to hear it as I knew they had influenced Paul Simon for his Graceland Album. Loved the music, it has it's only line of melody and the music seems to lift my spirit as it feels full of hope and optimisism which seems to excude from the music.


Formed: 1974 in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, South A

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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