Chance to give Mam­bazo a high five

The Sunday Independent - - Winnie - AMANDA MALIBA @Aman­daMal­iba

LADY­SMITH Black Mam­bazo will be back in the coun­try next week af­ter net­ting their fifth Grammy Award for their lat­est al­bum, Shaka Zulu Re­vis­ited.

The in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed group will em­bark on a street pa­rade on Thurs­day in their home prov­ince of KwaZulu-Natal. It will start at 10am and fin­ish at 1pm at the Dur­ban City Hall in cel­e­bra­tion of their Grammy tri­umph and for them to con­nect with fans, the group said in a state­ment.

Mam­bazo are ex­pected to stage a short per­for­mance.

They are re­garded as a mo­bile academy of South African cul­tural her­itage through their African in­dige­nous Isi­cathamiya mu­sic.

The group, who are cel­e­brat­ing their 58th year in the mu­sic in­dus­try, ded­i­cated their lat­est Grammy award to for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela.

The group has part­nered with the City of Dur­ban as its tourism am­bas­sadors for three years to pro­mote the city in­ter­na­tion­ally.

This month they will be head­ing to the UK to per­form at Queen El­iz­a­beth’s birth­day cer­e­mony in Lon­don.

Their per­for­mance in Lon­don will also kick off their month-long Euro­pean tour.

Other per­for­mances the group has lined up this year are at The Bassline Fes­ti­val at Con­sti­tu­tion Hill, Joburg on Satur­day, May 26 and at the Pre­to­ria State The­atre in a con­cert to hon­our Nel­son Man­dela on June 1, 2 and 3.

Lady­smith Black Mam­bazo

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