Grammy Awards - Ladysmith Black Mambazo, from Art to Science!

2014-01-28 09:16

Have you ever practically observed with all your five senses dazzling mesmerism and beauty embrace to send sensations of powerful consuming delights to the eyes and minds? Have you ever seen wondrous feline and elegance shuffle its elegance to seduce and entice human feelings with the refulgence of beauty and wonder?

Have you ever witnessed a musical and dance stew of tantalizing agility mix with prompt and delicate responses to the natural sounds to appease the eyes and seduce the heart? Have you ever seen a small group of people conduct a natural seamless orchestra of practical human motions without the assistance and help of mechanical musical instruments, to sweep off people into a bewitching trance of mesmerism?

Have you ever stood and watched with great astonishment a band without mechanical devices artfully offer their bodies in unison geometric and mathematical agility as canvasses of human expression, where aesthetics blends seamlessly with measured, harmonious movements to convoke a great festival of deep sensory scurrility?

If your answers to the above myriad questions are yes, then you have been among those people to have practically observed either in life or in video, Ladysmith Black Mambazo! The name Black Mambazo is derived from the black mamba.  The black mamba is a South African snake and is the most deadly snake in the world. They grow 14 feet in length and live in small groups just like Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a small musical group.

They say that music, singing and dance is an art - but it seems with Ladysmith Black Mambazo music, singing and dance is an exact science, a hard enduring science similar to physics and mathematics. With Black Mambazo singing is a science not an art - that explains why the choir has so much endured time and major historic epochs and still remain cool, still remain intact, still remain true and honest to their original source dream and traditions.

Science is an art of numbers and measurements. And numbers don't change - people change, society change, the world change. Numbers do not change they remain true. Take for example the equation 2 + 2, it is always equals 4 it does not change, whether you are in Africa or Europe or China 2 + 2 is 4.

We have seen the same with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the same effulgence music that aroused people in frantic delights and send people's feelings drunken during the past periods 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s is still the same music and dance that has now struck the global stage again winning the much fanfare globally admired Grammy in this time around in 2014 (The Grammys are the highest worldly musical honour of highest stardom). The same eloquence, the same dance, the same dazzling movements have remained constant and never changing through all these process of great change and upheavals. I mean Ladysmith Black Mambazo started singing and entertaining people since 1950s. Where were you in the 1950s? Where were you in the 1960s?

Joseph Tshabalala, the founder and lead singer and director of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was a small boy prodigy in 1950, who broke into the limelight with "black mambazo" music - delighting people during weddings and other social events across Kwa-Zulu Natal and eventually the "black mambazo" wave finally broke forth across the country. And here we are, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have never corrupted their music with western proclivities and artefacts. As the lights of others similar to them was slowly dimming because of hybridization, Joseph Tshabalala and Ladysmith Black Mambazo were launching their original melodies into stellar world orbit and in the process changing and transforming music and dance, and they have remained shining brilliantly like the galaxy of stars.

Joseph Tshabalala is a consummate, passionate and focused dance and musical genius. This guy is the Olympus god of dance and song. There is nothing in the musical world like him that had remained original and endured so long without slowly fading into oblivion. In Ladysmith Black Mambazo all mathematical, geometrical and physical principles of dynamics and motion mix in a seamless expression of beauty, song and dance. This is pure African aesthetics and heritage that Joseph Tshabalala and Ladysmith Black Mambazo crowns it all.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is worth repeating! Joseph Tshabalala and Ladysmith Black Mambazo redefined dance and song at the global stage. Joseph Tshabalala and Ladysmith Black Mambazo have revolutionalized this art into science, engendering a paradigm shift that will forever bear their impress as the world matched on and on.


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