2 March 1987
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with lead vocalist Joseph Tshabalala, became the first South African group to win a Grammy award. The group won the award for the best traditional folk album. The album 'Shaka Zulu' was produced by music icon Paul Simon. Simon was captivated by their music and helped the group conquer the international music scene. The group has since been nominated for six additional Grammy awards, including a nomination in 2001 for the album 'Live From Royal Albert Hall'. It was a befitting honour for this outstanding group that has sold over 6 million copies in South Africa and internationally. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has performed before kings and queens; the Pope; at the Summer Olympics; at two Nobel Prize ceremonies; and at countless other venues over the years.