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Wednesday, July 3, 2019


In this week’s episode of Inside Africa on Friday, July 5 2019, CNN meets South Africa’s revered Isicathamiya group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

It was 30 years ago when a unique sound characterised by vibrant voices and moving rhythms was born. Brought to light in South Africa’s mines as a form of entertainment – the unique sound of Isicathamiya soon filled halls and has today attracted audiences around the globe.

This genre traces its roots back to the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal, and it is no mystery that one of the best groups of isicathamiya hails from the rural outskirts of the province.

Joseph Shabalala, founder of the group, says the idea to form a group was brought to him in a dream and the notion “dreams do come true” couldn’t be more fitting. In 1973, the group released their first album and to this day; they travel around the world and have collected befitting accolades. The sound is an integral part of the Zulu culture and the group has planted a seed of hope to upcoming musical stars in KZN townships and across South Africa.