Ladysmith Black Mambazo Doccie Gets R350k Funding From NFVF

The biopic documenting the journey of Choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has received funding officially. The documentary will cover the story of the group’s founder Joseph Shabalala and how he brought the group to life. Shabalala, who is now 77 years of age, inspired South Africans with music about love, peace, and harmony. He and his group are also ambassadors of the South African culture through their art.

The band has a rich history since its founding in 1960. Its journey began in KwaZulu-Natal where a local farm boy united with his family members to form the band (Shabalala’s brothers and cousins). Nevertheless, the group only had their first international breakthrough after partnering with American songwriter Paul Simon.

Hundreds of unemployed South Africans are expected to make a living from the making of the Black Mambazo Documentary. The project is expected to boost the economies of two regions, in particular, Ladysmith, Durban, and Emalahleni.

Their most renowned album is the Graceland album which features Paul Simon. However, the band has other major albums which include Shaka Zulu, Amabutho, and Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World. 

The documentary will also cover some of the group’s major world tours as well as their local South African tours. Joseph and his team have toured many parts of the world just to perform their cultural hits. All the same, the band has had dark days such as the time they were banned from performing at the Isicathamiya competition.

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