Minister Nathi Mthethwa congratulates Ladysmith Black Mambazo on their 55th anniversary and announces a Master Class under the Living Legends Legacy Programme

15 December 2015

Arts and Culture Minister Mr Mathi Mthethwa-fThe Department of Arts and Culture invites members of the media to the isicathamiya Musical Master Class to be conducted by legendary Joseph Shabalala, founder of the Grammy-Award winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, on Thursday, 17 December 2015, at 3346 38th Avenue, Mambazo House, Clermont Township, Durban as part of the Living Legends Master-class Programme.

The Living Legends Legacy Programme was launched in August 2015 by the Department of Arts and Culture to honour the living legends across all arts disciplines for their contribution in the arts, culture and heritage sector. The initiative is to engage the living legends actively in programmes that promote arts and culture development as well as provide opportunities for interaction and impart skills, knowledge and experience to younger generations of artists.

The Living Legends conduct the Master Classes sessions based on their creative journey through experiential classes and lectures in their areas of expertise. They will cover various topics which will assist aspiring artists in applying arts, culture and heritage skills into business skills for sustainability.


“Our congratulations go to Ladysmith Black Mambazo for having recently received its 16th Grammy nomination in the category: World Music Album, for their Album Inala and for their attainment of their 55th anniversary as a group. In a global reality which tends to focus on trends and short-term goals, we congratulate this eminent group of artists for their longevity and for being able to sustain themselves and share the unique sounds of South Africa with the international world over decades,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa

Congratulations are also in order for South Africa’s premier flautist, Wouter Kellerman, who also scored a Grammy nomination in the category Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his album, Love Language . The renowned local flute player also won the 2015 Grammy for best New Age Album alongside the Indian musician and composer, Ricky Kej. South African gospel singer, Neville Diedericks, also received a nomination for Best Gospel Performance/Song for “How Awesome Is Our God [Live], from the album  Covered: Alive In Asia [Live] (Deluxe). This song is by Israel & Newbreed featuring Yolanda Adams, Neville Diedericks, Israel Houghton & Meleasa Houghton, songwriters.

“Our warm congratulations go to all South Africa’s Grammy nominees. We are proud of your achievements on the international stage. Together you make us proudly South African,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

On Friday, 18 December 2015 there will be a Night of the Legends, aimed at celebrating and honouring the Music Legends of South Africa. This  showcase will celebrate the achievements of Grammy Award-winning Group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, on the occasion of their 55th Anniversary through a live concert at the Olive Convention Centre, 81 Corner Somsteu Road & Sylvestor Ntuli Road Rd, Olive Convention Centre, Durban.

Details of the events are as follows:

Master class:

Date    : 17 December 2015

Time   : 10h00

Venue: 3346, 38th Avenue, Claremont Township Mambazo House, Durban

Night of Legends: Celebrating Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s 55th Anniversary:

Date: Friday, 18 December 2015

Time: 18h00 – 21h00

Venue: 81 Corner Somsteu Road & Sylvestor Ntuli Road Rd, Olive Convention Centre, Durban


For Master class RSPVs:  Charmaine Hlatshwayo; cell: 060 975 8144

For Media Enquiries: Lisa Combrinck cell: 082 821 4886

For Night of Legends: Lady Smith Black Mambazo’s 55th Anniversary:  Xolani Majozi cell: 072 191 2790


Issued by the Department of Arts & Culture



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