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Ladysmith Black Mambazo scoops third Grammy

Celebrated South African music group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, scooped their third Grammy win on Sunday at the 51st annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, California. 

Ladysmith Black MambazoThe group took home the Best Traditional World Music Album award for their latest album, ILembe; Honouring Shaka Zulu.

Founded in 1964 by lead singer Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded over 50 albums. The group achieved international fame and recognition in the late 1980s, following their acclaimed collaboration with Paul Simon on his Grammy Award-winning Graceland album.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has earned a total of 13 Grammy nominations, the most for any South African band. Previous Grammy wins include the 1987 Best Traditional Folk Recording award for Shaka Zulu, an album which was produced by Paul Simon, and 2005's Best Traditional World Music Recording award for Raise Your Spirit Higher.

Fellow South African group Soweto Gospel Choir were also nominated for a Grammy this year but did not win.


For more on Ladysmith Black Mambazo, visit www.mambazo.com

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