Ladysmith Black Mambazo needs no further introduction… this long-lasting and Grammy Award winning group represents the traditional culture of Zulu choral singing at it best and is regarded as the country’s cultural emissary at home and around the world. This year the group celebrates their 50th year in existence! It has been over twenty years since Paul Simon made his initial trip to South Africa and met Joseph Shabalala, and the other members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, in a recording studio in Johannesburg. The rest is history, the album ‘Graceland’ is regarded by many as seminal to today’s explosive interest in African Music.
The traditional music sung by Ladysmith Black Mambazo is called Isicathyamiya (Is-Cot-A-Me-Ya). It was born in the mines of South Africa and incorporated into popular music by artists like Dlamini King Brothers and mostly Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
These two 45’s are early recordings, no release date is found on the label but reader Nick dug up the following information: a quick check of Viet Erlmann’s amazing book on isicathamiya, “Nightsong”, reveals the release dates for these two singles: MO 395 was released in January 1973 and MO 415 circa July 1973.