South Africa’s most celebrated music group ever, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, is out looking for the next big star in some schools on KwaZulu Natal.
The group, which has been nominated for, andwon four Grammy Awards so far, the highest for any African group, are reaching to the kids, who might replace them in the coming years. The group has been holding workshops to get an idea what the kids would want to achieve in the coming years. Those who have potential and drive, according to the group, will be given a platform
Speaking to TshisaLIVE recently, the group, which dropped the “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration Album” last year, said: “We want to teach children to be themselves, to be proudly African. There is so much pressure to be someone else, to be American or something else, but there is nobody more real than you. That is what we need to teach.”
This initiative is a welcome one. It might pave the way for young talents to make it on to the main stage, not just in South African music in world music as well.
It wouldn’t be Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s first initiative for children, though. the group has recorded two albums for children previously.
Hopefully this kids would toe the path of success that has sustained South Africa’s most famous music group. Or what do you think? You may join the conversation by dropping your thoughts in the comment section.