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GRAMMY Award news!! 

Two New Ladysmith Black Mambazo Albums 


Two GRAMMY Award Nominations!

 On November 28, 2017 the GRAMMY Awards announced that Ladysmith Black Mambazo received GRAMMY Award nominations for their two 2017 albums. Songs of PEACE & LOVE for Kids & Parents Around the World has been nominated for Best Children's Album of 2017. Shaka Zulu Revisited has been nominated for Best World Music Album of 2017.

It is with the deepest gratitude that the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo accept these nominations, which mark their 18th & 19th GRAMMY Award nominations during the past thirty years. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has won the GRAMMY Award four times: in 1988, 2004, 2009 and 2013. The group was most recently nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2016, for the album Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers.

Songs of PEACE & LOVE for Kids & Parents Around the World is a collection of songs with a message for parents, their children, and of course everyone else to share and enjoy during these trying times. Ladysmith Black Mambazo member Albert Mazibuko says “with this children's album, we want to share our songs of peace and love with the little ones. We want parents to have a collection of songs with a positive message to listen to with their kids. We know first hand how hard it is to raise children in a world of conflict, in a world where kids need positive role models and words of encouragement. We hope our songs can be an important part of the lessons of peace and love that all parents want to fill their children with.”

Shaka Zulu Revisited is a 30-year celebration of the group's first album released worldwide, Shaka Zulu, which won the first GRAMMY Award for the group. In 2014, Ladysmith Black Mambazo's founder, Joseph Shabalala, retired, handing his four sons the role of joint leaders. With the passing of his torch, Joseph's son's wanted to honor their father and other members of the original group, who have retired or passed away. By re-recording the songs from the original album, they present these new versions for both long time fans as well as people who have only recently become acquainted with the group's music. Joseph’s son Thulani Shabalala said, "Shaka Zulu Revisited encompasses so much history for us. By re-recording the original album and having the GRAMMY Awards deem Shaka Zulu Revisited one of the five best World Music albums of 2017, this becomes an amazing moment for everyone involved with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, past and present.”