​The four time Grammy Award winners, Ladysmith Black Mambazo known for making  great collaborations with some of the world’s greatest artists, is yet to do another historic collaboration. The a cappella  group  first made  history by collaborating with Paul Simon.  It then continued breaking new grounds and further collaborated with great musicians amongst whom we can name; Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, the late Michael Jackson and many more.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the worlds most loved music group and has won the hearts of many people through their isicathamiya music. They have given isicathamiya a global identity and their sound will forever be etched as uniquely African.

In honour of OR Tambo and pursuant to the declaration by the State President that 2017 is the year of Oliver Reginald Tambo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has acknowledged that there is no more fitting a tribute than to honour and celebrate, through music, the immense contribution made by OR Tambo.  The group recognizes that throughout its history, the South African liberation struggle has always recognised music as an important medium of articulating oppression, communicating the expressions, feelings and aspirations of its supporters and uniting them for a common purpose. 

Freedom songs expressed the anxieties and aspirations of those who faced a dangerous and powerful enemy.  Thus, Ladysmith Black Mambazo concurs that the contribution made by revolutionary songs and music in the fight against oppression is illustrative of the importance of music and song in our society.

OR Tambo, being a music lover himself was instrumental in the formation of the Amandla Group which was formed by struggle activists in exile. This is a special year for all South Africans as it marks the Centenary of the late OR Tambo.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has decided to honour this great stalwart in song that would seek to remember his life, the values he espoused, and his commitment to the liberation of our people. The group will be collaborating with the American Grammy award winner Kirk Whalum, the South African Afro Soul singer Lira and Salif Keita. Kirk Whalum is in South Africa to collaborate with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Lira on a song entitled Long Live Oliver Tambo. The recording will be held on Thursday at the Ladysmith Black Mambazo studios in Durban.

There will be a media listening session and unveiling of the track to the members of the media.
Members of the media are invited to a media briefing session and unveiling of the song which will be held at the United Rhythms Studio’s in Glenwood Durban. The listening session will start at 09:00. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Kirk Whalum and Lira will be present on the press briefing and unveiling of the song.

For more information you can contact Xolani Majozi on 0721912790 or email him on xolanimajozi@gmail.com