Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s legacy lives on

By Drum Digital
17 December 2015

Ladysmith Black Mambazo to live forever.

eThekwini Municipality has honoured the legendary group by turning Joseph Shabalala’s Clermont house into a museum.

Joseph told Daily Sun that he bought the house after the group had won it's first competition in Durban .

"It is part of our musical journey as we used to rehearse here. Everything I have is because of Black Mambazo and I want people to have access to the group’s history,” said Joseph.

Tourism head Phillip Sithole told the paper that the museum will house the group’s photographs, awards and historical items and it will only be open to the public next year in November.

They partnership with Ladysmith Black Mambazo will increase the tourists to the city.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa also congratulated the isicathamiya group for it's nomination for the coveted award and also for their 55th anniversary.

“Our congratulations go to Ladysmith Black Mambazo for having recently received its 16th Grammy nomination in the category: World Music Album, for their Album Inala and for their attainment of their 55th anniversary as a group. In a global reality which tends to focus on trends and short-term goals, we congratulate this eminent group of artists for their longevity and for being able to sustain themselves and share the unique sounds of South Africa with the international world over decades,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa

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