The nominees for next year’s ceremony were unveiled by Andra Day in the USA on Tuesday morning. Although the likes of Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars made headlines across the globe, closer to home it was Ladysmith Black Mambazo who received all the praise.
Their album, Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration is nominated in the ‘Best World Music’ category, while another record, Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World is nominated in the ‘Best Children’s Music Album’.
The group expressed its collective delight on the band’s official Twitter page where they wrote:
“INCREDIBLE NEWS!! The GRAMMY Awards nominated TWO of our cds this year. Best Children’s Album of 2017…Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World. Best World Music Album of 2017…Shaka Zulu Revisited. WHAT INCREDIBLE NEWS!!”
— Ladysmith Black Mambazo (@therealmambazo) November 29, 2017
The support from Twitter users, who proudly backed the South African band, was incredible:
South African isicathamiya group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been nominated for 2018 Grammy Awards in categories, Best World Music for "Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration" & Best Children's Album for "Songs Of Peace & Love For Kids & Parents Around The World." pic.twitter.com/UKWnluReUO
— DIRCO South Africa (@DIRCO_ZA) November 29, 2017
The Grammy Awards stay recognising LadySmith Black Mambazo, but we hardly ever hear their music on our local radio
— Menzi (@MrMenziN) November 29, 2017
Two Grammy nods for Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Wow ????????… Talk about a career categorised by excellence. Our sounds, our culture on the world stage yet again, thanks to them.
— Brother Bear ???? (@Blaklez) November 28, 2017
The is the achievement we should celebrate: The great South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo is up for two Grammys for two different albums in one Grammy year. #GrammyNomination
— Oris Aigbokhaevbolo (@Catchoris) November 28, 2017
Ladysmith Black Mambazo won its first Grammy in 1988, and has been nominated over 15 times (including these two nods) since then.
Do you think they will bring home the big prizes this time?
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