Founded in the early 60’s by Joseph Shabalala, South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been delivering joyous and uplifting music for over 50 years. Within this music are the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions and a musical and spiritual spirit that has touched a worldwide audience.
In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated the group’s rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his famous Graceland album – a landmark recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences. A year later, Paul Simon produced Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s first worldwide release, Shaka Zulu, which won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best Folk Recording. The group has 17 Grammy nominations with 4 wins.
In addition to their work with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with numerous notable artists including Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, and Melissa Etheridge. They’ve also provided soundtrack material for Disney’s ‘The Lion King, Part II’, Eddie Murphy’s ‘Coming To America’, Marlon Brando’s ‘A Dry White Season’, Sean Connery’s ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’, James Earl Jones’ ‘Cry The Beloved Country’ and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Invictus’.
Live at the Belly Up features 11 tracks clocking in at just over 68 minutes, including their own version of the Paul Simon song “Homeless”, “Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain” from the groundbreaking Shaka Zulu album, several tracks from 2016’s Grammy Nominated Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers, and capped off with a wonderful version of set closer “Amazing Grace”.