Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a male choral band from South Africa that sings in the vocal style of isicathamiya and mbube. They achieved their popularity as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his album, ‘Graceland’ and have won multiple awards, including 3 Grammy Awards. They were founded by Joseph Shabalala in the year 1960 and became one of South Africa's most prolific recording artists, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc honours. The group has now become a mobile academy, teaching people about South Africa and its culture. Joseph Shabalala formed Ladysmith Black Mambazo because of a series of dreams he had in year 1964, in which he heard certain isicathamiya harmonies (isicathamiya being the cultural music of the Zulu people).
Following their home success at wedding ceremonies and other gatherings, Shabalala went them into isicathamiya competitions. The group was described as 'so good' that they were finally forbidden to enter the competitions, but welcomed to entertain at them. Though they had been recognized as an isicathamiya group in the year 1964, they had been singing together from the early 1950s. They showed their debut album named ‘Amabutho’, in the year 1973. The album, along with several other releases by the group, obtained gold disc certification.