Formed in the early 1960s by Joseph Tshabalala, LBM are the best-known proponents of isicathamiya, characterized by smooth acapella harmonies. In the mid-1980s they helped Paul Simon make the Grammy-winning 'Graceland'. Simon returned the favour, producing their next three albums and ensuring international stardom. 'Shaka Zulu' was the first of these and earned the group a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Recording. It features classics like 'Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain', 'How Long?' and 'Hello My Baby'.
LBM has since recorded with numerous artists from around the world, including Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, and many others. They featured in Michael Jackson’s 'Moonwalker' video and Spike Lee’s 'Do It A Cappella', and contributed to the soundtracks of Hollywood films such as 'Coming To America', 'A Dry White Season', 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen', 'Cry The Beloved Country' and 'Invictus'. A film documentary titled 'On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom', the story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2013 the group celebrated 50 years of existence, winning another Grammy for Best World Music Album for 'Live: Singing For Peace Around The World'. They continue to perform regularly all over the world.