Ladysmith Black Mambazo discography

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo discography

This is a near-complete list of recordings made by the South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The group was offered a recording contract to Gallo Record Company, the largest record company in South Africa, in 1972. They accepted, and remain with the studio today. Ladysmith Black Mambazo's first release Amabutho (1973) sold over 25,000 copies and became the first release in South Africa by black musicians to receive gold status.[1] Their early recordings – recorded for Gallo's 'black music' division Mavuthela Music Company – sold very well.

In 1975, Shabalala converted to Christianity and the group released their first religious album, Ukukhanya Kwelanga. It earned a double platinum disc award, and the group's repertoire came to be dominated by hymns, mostly Methodist. Their 1976 Ukusindiswa became one of their most popular religious albums. By 1981, the group was well known throughout South Africa, and was allowed to travel to Cologne, Germany.[2] The group toured the country and appeared on television, and learned some of the German language; the 1981 album Phansi Emgodini included a German-language song, "Wir Grüssen Euch Alle". The following year, the group traveled back to Germany to appear on a televised quiz show, bringing about requests for live appearances.[3]

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has since released over fifty studio recordings; many more assorted compilations, cassette tapes, video tapes, and DVDs have been released.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title of release Record label and catalogue number Year
Amabutho Gallo (Motella BL 14) 1973
Imbongi Gallo (Motella BL 18) 1973
Ufakazi Yibheshu featuring Empangeni Home Tigers Gallo (Mavuthela BL 22) 1973
Umama Lo! Gallo (Mavuthela BL 23) 1974
Isitimela Gallo (Motella BL 27) 1974
Ukukhanya Kwelanga Gallo (Motella BL 35) 1975
Amaqhawe Gallo (Motella BL 81) 1976
Ukusindiswa Gallo (Motella BL 86) 1977
Shintsha Sithothobala Gallo (Motella BL 91) 1977
Phezulu Emafini Gallo (Motella BL 92) 1977
Ushaka Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 129) 1978
Indlela yaseZulwini Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 153) 1978
Ezinkulu Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 186) 1979
Intokozo Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 205) 1980
Nqonqotha Mfana Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 253) 1980
Ulwandle Oluncgwele Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 300) 1981
Cologne Zulu Festival Network (5????) 1981
Phansi Emgodini Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 321) 1981
Umthombo Wamanzi Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 353) 1982
Induku Zethu Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 393) 1983
Ibhayibheli Liyindlela Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 472) 1984
Inkazimulo Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 504) 1985
Inala Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 531) 1985
Ezulwini Siyakhona Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 548) 1986
Shaka Zulu Warner Bros (1-25582) 1987
Thandani Gallo (Ezomdabu BL 613) 1987
Inala (reissue) Shanachie (SH 43040) 1987
Induku Zethu (reissue) Shanachie (SH 43021) 1987
Ulwandle Olungcwele (reissue) Shanachie (SH 43030) 1987
Umthombo Wamanzi (reissue) Shanachie (SH 430??) 1987
Zibuyinhlazane Gallo (Ezomdabu HUL 40131) 1988
Journey of Dreams Warner Bros (1-25753) 1988
Isigqi Zendoda Gallo (HUL 40203/CDGMP 40203) 1990
Two Worlds, One Heart Warner Bros (1-26125) 1990
Zulu Traditional JVC World Sounds (JVC VICG-5230) 1990
Favourites Gallo (HUL 40300/CDGMP 40300) 1992
Classic Tracks Shanachie (SH 43074) 1992
The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Vol 1 Shanachie (SH 43098) 1992
Liph' Iqiniso Gallo (CDGMP 40392) 1993
Gift Of The Tortoise Gallo (CDGMP 40451) 1994
Zulu Hits Vol. 1 Gallo (CDGMP 40616) 1995
Gospel Hits Vol. 2 Gallo (CDGMP 40617) 1995
Shosholoza with the Team Shosholoza Gallo (CDSING 8 I) 1995
Thuthukani Ngoxolo Gallo (CDGMP 40641) 1996
Ukuzala-Ukuzelula with the Mahubo Nesigekle Ladies Choir Gallo (CDGMP 40691) 1995
Heavenly Gallo (CDGMP 40697) 1997
Heavenly UMTV (540 790 2) 1997
The Best of (VHS) Gallo (GMPV 11) 1997
Very Best Of – Spirit Of South Africa Nascente (NSCD 021) 1998
The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo – The Star and the Wiseman UMTV (568 988 2) 1998
The Best of Ladysmith Black Mambazo – The Star and the Wiseman Gallo (CDESP 020) 1998
Inala (reissue) Wrasse (WRASS 001) 1999
Thuthukani Ngoxolo (reissue) Wrasse (WRASS 002) 1999
Zibuyinhlazane (reissue) Wrasse (WRASS 003) 1999
Liph' Iqiniso (reissue) Wrasse (WRASS 004) 1999
Gospel Songs Wrasse (WRASS 005) 2000
In Harmony (Ladysmith Black Mambazo album) Wrasse/UMTV (153739-2) 1999
Live at the Royal Albert Hall (DVD/VHS) Shanachie (SH DV-108) 1999
Live at the Royal Albert Hall Shanachie (SH 66023) 1999
In Harmony - Live at the Royal Albert Hall Wrasse/UMTV (WRASV 001) 1999
Lihl' Ixhiba Likagogo Gallo (CDGMP 40830) 2000
Thandani/Umthombo Wamanzi Gallo From the Archives (CDGSP 3007) 2001
Favourites Wrasse (WRASS 017) 2001
The Ultimate Collection Wrasse/UMTV (556 682 2) 2001
Congratulations South Africa - The Ultimate Collection (international) Wrasse/UMTV (WRASS 037) 2001
Friends In Concert with Lucky Dube and Jabu Khanyile Gallo (GWVCD 042) 2002
Ukusindiswa/Umthombo Wamanzi Gallo From the Archives (CDGSP 3012) 2002
Chillout Sessions Wrasse (WRASS 067) 2002
Wenyukela Gallo (CDGMP 40892) 2003
Raise Your Spirit Higher (Wenyukela) Wrasse (WRASS 100) 2003
Raise Your Spirit Higher [Wenyukela] Heads Up International/Gallo (HUCD 3082, HUSA 9082) 2004
The Very Best of - Rain, Rain Beautiful Rain Wrasse (WRASS 132) 2004
No Boundaries with the English Chamber Orchestra Heads Up International/Gallo (GWVCD 060) 2004
No Boundaries with the English Chamber Orchestra Heads Up International/Gallo (HUCD 3092, HUSA 9092) 2005
The Best of (reissue) Gallo (GMVDVD 025) 2005
Live at Montreux Eagle Records/Red (EE 39023 2) 2005
Live at Montreux (DVD) Eagle Records/Red (EREDV382) 2005
Long Walk to Freedom (international) Heads Up International/Gallo (HUCD 3109, HUSA 9109) 2006
Long Walk to Freedom (South African release) (South Africa only) Gallo (CDGMP 40952) 2006
The Best of - Essential Tribute Budget (ABLCD121) 2006
The Hits (CD/DVD set) Gallo The Hits (GMVCOM 1000) 2006
Phansi Emgodini (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1024) 2006
Ulwandle Olungcwele (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1023) 2006
Ezulwini Siyakhona (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1030) 2006
Thandani (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1031) 2006
Ukusindiswa (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1033) 2006
Ushaka (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1014) 2007
Amabutho (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1015) 2007
Indlela yaseZulwini (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1016) 2007
Imbongi (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1017) 2007
Ezinkulu (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1018) 2007
Intokozo (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1019) 2007
Umama Lo! (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1020) 2007
Isitimela (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1021) 2007
Nqonqotha Mfana (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1022) 2007
Umthombo Wamanzi (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1026) 2007
Ibhayibheli Liyindlela (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1028) 2007
Inkazimulo (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1029) 2007
Amaqhawe (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1032) 2007
Phezulu Emafini (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1034) 2007
Shintsha Sithothobala (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1035) 2007
Inala (reissue) Gallo Archives (CDBL 1036) 2007
Ilembe Gallo (CDGMP 40976) 2007
Ilembe - Our Tribute to King Shaka (international) Warner Jazz 2007
Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu Heads Up International/Gallo (HUCD 3133, HUSA 9133) 2008
My Dream - African Sounds - with the SABC Choir Gallo (CDGMP 41012) 2008
Kobuye Kulunge Gallo (CDGMP 41027) 2010
Songs From A Zulu Farm Listen 2 Entertainment 2011
Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Friends Listen 2 Entertainment 2012
Live: Singing For Peace Around The World Ladysmith Black Mambazo 2013
Always With Us Ladysmith Black Mambazo 2014
Music from Inala: a Zulu Ballet Ladysmith Black Mambazo 2014
Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers Ladysmith Black Mambazo 2016
Shaka Zulu Revisited Ladysmith Black Mambazo]] 2017
Songs of Peace and Love for Kids and Parents Around the World Ladysmith Black Mambazo 2017
Catalogue numbers in bold represent Hybrid SACD and/or enhanced versions

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlmann, Veit: Nightsong: Performance, Practise and Power in South Africa, p. 93. 1996
  2. ^ Nkosi, W: "Ezulwini Siyakhona", liner notes. Gallo Record Company, 1986
  3. ^ Nkosi, W: "Ezulwini Siyakhona", liner notes. Gallo Record Company, 1986