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It's Grammy No 3

By unknown | Feb 10, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Edward Tsumele

Edward Tsumele

Internationally acclaimed Ladysmith Black Mambazo have now added a third Grammy to their list of achievements.

At the awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night the widely acclaimed group took home the statuette for their album Ilembe: Honouring Shaka Zulu, after winning the Best Traditional World Music Album award.

Founded in 1964 by lead singer Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has 50 albums behind their name. The group achieved international fame and recognition in the late 1980s, following their collaboration with Paul Simon on his Grammy Award-winning Graceland album.

Over the years they have travelled the globe, enchanting world music fans with their unique performances.

Previous Grammy wins include the 1987 Best Traditional Folk Recording award for Shaka Zulu, an album produced by Paul Simon, and 2005's Best Traditional World Music Recording award for Raise Your Spirit Higher.

Another South African group, The Soweto Gospel Choir, were nominees but did not add to their two previous Grammies.

Top winners on Sunday in California were Coldplay, who won Song of the Year for Viva la Vida - and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, who took home the Album of the Year Grammy for Rising Sand.

The darling of teen fans throughout the world Chris Brown and his girlfriend Rihanna "failed to perform" as scheduled.

Brown was arrested earlier on Sunday on suspicion of making a criminal threat but he was subsequently released.

Police say they are "continuing" with their investigations.


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