While popular in their native South Africa through the 60s and 70s, it wasn't until they were featured on Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland that vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo came to the wider world's attention. Their beautiful harmonies on tracks like Diamonds on the Souls of Her Shoes and Homeless sparked a surge of interest in African and world music as a whole and elevated the group to superstar status. Since then they've won a bucket load of Grammys and performed with Dolly Parton and Natalie Merchant. They even appeared in Michael Jackson's Moonwalker video.
Much to the delight of his stateside-dwelling fans, Congolese rapper/singer songwriter Ghandi Djuna AKA Maitre Gims is bringing the heady blend of Latin grooves, African beats and hip hip hooks of his recently released third solo album Ceinture Noire to New York City's historic Irving Plaza for one special night only this Summer.
Twenty years since they were formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System have announced new studio album 'The Source' to be released in early 2016 on ECC Records.