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About Ladysmith Black Mambazo

The name Ladysmith Black Mambazo came about as a result of winning every singing competition in which the group entered. "Ladysmith" is the hometown of the Shabalala family; "Black" makes reference to black oxen, considered to be the strongest on the farm. The Zulu word "Mambazo" refers to an ax - symbolic of the group's ability to "chop down" the competition. So good were they that after a time they were forbidden to enter the competitions but welcomed, of course, to entertain at them.

Members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

  • Joseph Shabalala (founder, musical director and lead vocals)
  • Thamsanqa Shabalala (second in command)
  • Sibongiseni Shabalala
  • Thulani Shabalala
  • Msizi Shabalala
  • Albert Mazibuko
  • Abednego Mazibuko
  • Russel Mthembu
  • Mfanafuthi Dlamini

Former Members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

  • Jockey Shabalala
  • Jabulani Dubazana
  • Inos Phungula
  • Ben Shabalala
  • Geophrey Mdletshe
  • Headman Shabalala

Milton Mazibuko
Funokwakhe Mazibuko
Joseph Mazibuko
Walter Malinga
Matovoti Msimanga