Ladysmith Black Mambazo introduced the world to isthimaca, a musical style originating from the black mine workers of apartheid South Africa, whilst their delicate dance steps got them nicknamed tip toe guys. This collection delves into the soul of Ladysmith Black Mambazo to tell their remarkable story.
The glory of Ladysmith's sound lies in their thrilling Zulu harmonies. It was these harmonies that helped Paul Simon win a Grammy with his album Graceland which the band featured on. They then crossed over to a mainstream pop audience in 1998 after Inkanyezi Nezazi (The Star and the Wiseman) was used in a baked beans television commercial. Released as a single, the song made the British top twenty and the accompanying album went on to sell millions globally.
Whether singing in English or Zulu, performing secular pop songs or spirituals, the massed voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo are one of the most glorious sounds in contemporary world music and a proud celebration of the indomitable spirit of the South African people. Tip toe guys delves into the soul of Ladysmith Black Mambazo to tell their remarkable story.