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Thuthukani Ngoxolo

Thuthukani Ngoxolo, 1996
Thuthukani Ngoxolo

Did you know that Ladysmith Black Mambazo is Nelson Mandella's favorite musical group? When he was released from jail, he publicly wondered where Joseph Shabalala was. He described Joseph as our pillar, our ambassador. Thus it was that Ladysmith, whose music never took sides but shared a love for all, accompanied Nelson Mandella to Sweden in 1993 where he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize and they performed in celebration. They were at his side six months later as he was inaugurated president of South Africa. Thuthukani Ngoxolo means let's develop in peace. There could be no more fitting title for a recording (which was nominated for a Grammy) with this historical context. Some of the translated song titles are, "With God Everything Is Possible," "Why Aren't You Happy?," "What Goes Around Comes Around" and "Let's Sit Down And Negotiate."