Ladysmith Black Mambazo Win 5th Grammy Award

An overjoyed Ladysmith Black Mambozo announced their Grammy Award on Twitter with capitals: “WE WON THE GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM!! SHAKA ZULU REVISITED. Our 5th Grammy Award. Such an honor. Thank U Grammy Awards. Thank U fans and friends. Thank U South Africa!!”

The South African band was performing on stage in Berkeley, California, on Sunday when they learned they had won the Grammy Award. Here’s the moment they found out:

Mambazo member Msizi Shabalala accepted the Grammy for the group:

Watch Us Win Grammy Award

Here is the moment we won the Grammy Award. Mambazo member Msizi Shabalala accepted the Grammy for the group. See below link…

Posted by Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Monday, January 29, 2018

Writing on Twitter, Ladysmith Black Mambazo sent “special THANK YOUs” to their manager, tour manager (for travelling the world with us and keeping us safe”), North American booking agency and Martin Walters who “mixed and mastered our Grammy winning CD & made it sound so beautiful. We thank the many people who help us keep our career going strong.”

The South African Government congratulated the band, saying: “Halala Ladysmith Black Mambazo!!! Congratulations on winning the Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album 2017. Continue flying our South African flag high. Re motlotlo ka lona.”

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane tweeted a photo of himself with the band, and said: “Congratulations to the phenomenal South African group. #LadysmithBlackMambazo have been such ambassadors for our country and their music so synonymous with who we are. Congrats on their #GrammyAward. Keep making is proud. Re a leboga.”

Apart from the five Grammy Awards, the musicians also have the following awards: Best Traditional Folk Recording (1988), Best Traditional World Music Album (2004), Best Traditional World Music Album (2009) and Best World Music Album Live (2013).

If you’re in New York, don’t miss out on seeing the band live. As they tweeted: “NEW YORK CITY!! We will sing for you from our GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ALBUM on March 8th. Limited tickets available…”