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Soweto Gospel Choir - 100% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: Christian & Gospel World Music
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Miriam Makeba - 62% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 March 1932, Johannesburg, South Africa. d. 10 November 2008, Castel Volturno, Italy. The vocalist who first put African music on the international map in the 60s, Makeba began her professional career in 1950, when she joined Johannesburg group the Cuban Brothers. She came to national prominence during the mid-50s as a member of leading touring group the Manhattan Brothers, Read more

Oliver Mtukudzi - 47% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1952, Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe. Along with Thomas Mapfumo, Mtukudzi aka Tuku, and his band the Black Spirits, has played one of the most prominent roles in the modernization of traditional Zimbabwean music, mixing African-American soul with mbira and other traditional beats. He recorded his first single, ‘Pezuna’, in 1976, after which he joined the Wagon Wheels Read more

Vusi Mahlasela - 45% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Vusi Sidney Mahlasela Ka Zwane, 1965, Lady Selbourne, Pretoria, South Africa. One of the most distinctive voices in South African music, Mahlasela carried the torch for his country in Europe and North America at a time when he was relatively unfêted at home.Growing up in Mamelodi township, Mahlasela began singing and playing home-made guitar at Read more

Hugh Masekela - 36% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Hugh Rampolo Masekela, 4 April 1939, Witbank, Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa’s leading émigré trumpeter and band leader was born into a musical family, which boasted one of the largest jazz record collections in the city. One of Masekela’s earliest memories is of winding up the household gramophone for his parents; by the age of 10, he was Read more

Baaba Maal - 33% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: Dance World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 November 1953, Podor, Senegal. Vocalist and guitarist Maal had humble origins, growing up in the sparsely populated town of Podor, where his father worked in the fields, but also had the honour of calling worshippers to the mosque using song. The influence of Islam would remain central to his son’s activities too, both father and son being members of the Fulani commu Read more

Youssou N'Dour - 32% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 October 1959, Dakar, Senegal. Born in the Medina, or ‘old town’, district of Dakar, N’Dour is the son of Ndeye Sokhna Mboup, herself a well-known traditional musician, who gave him his grounding in the traditional music of the Wolof people. His first public performances came with two local music and drama groups, including Sine Dramatic, which he joined in 1 Read more

Oumou Sangare - 22% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1968, Bamako, Mali. One of the new generation of female voices in Malian music, Sangaré made her first public appearance at the age of six at the Omnisports Stadium Hall in Bamako, encouraged by her mother, a sogoninkun singer who performed at weddings and rituals. She continued to sing through the rest of her adolescence and in 1986 she was recruited to the Malian tr Read more

Paul Simon - 21% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: Folk Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Paul Frederic Simon, 13 October 1941, Newark, New Jersey, USA. Simon first entered the music business with partner Art Garfunkel in the duo Tom And Jerry. In 1957, they scored a US hit with the rock ‘n’ roll influenced ‘Hey, Schoolgirl’. After one album, they split up in order to return to college. Although Simon briefly worked with Carole King recording Read more

Salif Keita - 16% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 August 1949, Djoliba, Mali. Born into one of Mali’s most distinguished families, albino vocalist/composer Keita can trace his descent directly back to Soundjata Keita, who founded the Mali empire in 1240. He originally wished to become a teacher, but unemployment at the time was high, so he switched to music. In the west, musicians are often thought of as dissolute a Read more

Sweet Honey In The Rock - 16% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: Acappella Christian & Gospel Folk Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sweet Honey In The Rock were formed in 1973 at the Black Repertory Theater Company, Washington DC, USA, by the civil rights activist Bernice Johnson Reagon was working there as music director. Sweet Honey In The Rock sing almost totally unaccompanied aside from hand claps, covering jazz, blues and gospel that blends historical sources with contemporary lyrical concerns. Though Read more

Zap Mama - 16% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Female vocal group Zap Mama came to international prominence in the 90s by perfecting a blend of traditional a cappella African singing and musicianship with tinges of various international pop styles. The group’s varying line-ups are led, in articulate fashion, by the Belgium-based Marie Daulne (Zaire). After releasing their first two records (1991’s Zap Mama and Read more

Manu Dibango - 15% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 December 1933, Douala, Cameroon. Sent to France to complete his education in 1949, Dibango lived in Paris until 1956. By now a proficient saxophonist and classically trained pianist, he then moved to Brussels, Belgium. In Brussels, he played regularly at the Black Angels Club, developing his fusion of jazz and Cameroonian makossa music. In 1960, he joined the band led by Read more

Lucky Dube - 14% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 August 1964, Ermelo, Eastern Transvaal, South Africa, d. 18 October 2007, Rosettenville, Johannesburg, South Africa. The most successful African reggae artist of all time, Lucky Dube (pronounced Doobay) took his Peter Tosh -influenced music further than his hero himself managed.Guitarist-vocalist Dube formed his first group, a mbqanga combo entitled Read more

King Sunny Ade - 13% match to Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Genres: World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sunday Adeniyi, 1 September 1946, Oshogbo, Nigeria. When Ade dropped out of school in 1963 in order to play with semi-professional Lagos juju bands, his parents - from the royal family of Ondo - were horrified. In Nigeria, as in much of Africa, music was regarded by ‘respectable’ people as a very low-caste occupation. Ade’s subsequent national and internationa Read more


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