|Born||10 October 1945|
|Died||10 December 1991 46)(aged|
|Instruments||Formerly bass member|
|Associated acts||Ladysmith Black Mambazo|
Headman Msongelwa Shabalala (10 October 1945 – 10 December 1991) was a member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a South African choral group founded by his brother Joseph.
Headman was born in Ladysmith, in the eMnambithi area and grew up with his brothers Joseph, Jockey, Enoch, Makhosini and Ben. In 1960, he joined the first incarnation of his brother Joseph's group and became a full-time member alongside his brother Enoch and various cousins and relatives. Singing as a bass voice, Headman added sounds to the songs that would become synonymous with the group's rhythm; the low gruffs and growls and the "clicking" noises (today, they are sounded by Russel Mthembu and Sibongiseni Shabalala, respectively).
By the mid-1980s, the line-up had changed rapidly and Headman, along with his brother Joseph and cousin Albert Mazibuko, were the only original members from the 1960s.
By the start of the 1990s, Ladysmith Black Mambazo had become famous across the world. On 10 December 1991, while driving home from a family gathering in KwaZulu-Natal, Headman was shot and killed by a white, off-duty security guard in an apparent racially motivated killing.
Headman's murder is referenced in the song "Worldwide" by the group Adam Again on their album Dig .
Ladysmith Black Mambazo are a South African male choral group singing in the local vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube. They became known internationally after singing with Paul Simon on his 1986 album Graceland, and have won multiple awards, including five Grammy Awards, dedicating their fifth Grammy to the late former President Nelson Mandela.
Ladysmith is a city in the Uthukela District of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It lies 230 kilometres (140 mi) north-west of Durban and 365 kilometres (227 mi) south-east of Johannesburg. Important industries in the area include food processing, textiles, and tyre production.
Isicathamiya is a singing style that originated from the South African Zulus. In European understanding, a cappella is also used to describe this form of singing.
Mshengu White Mambazo is a South African choral group consisting of the sons of Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader Joseph Shabalala, with his eldest son Nkosinathi leading the group. They sing in the traditional style of isicathamiya, like their parents in the above group. Formed in 1976 by Joseph and his late wife Nellie, the group came to local prominence in 1987, when they recorded a full album that October.
Joseph Shabalala, born Bhekizizwe Joseph Siphatimandla Mxoveni Mshengu Bigboy Shabalala, was a South African singer and musician who was the founder and musical director of the choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Sibongiseni Lucas Shabalala, was a member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a South African choral group founded in 1960 by his father Joseph.
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Amabutho is the debut album by the South African isicathamiya group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It was released in 1973 by Gallo Record Company. Amabutho was the first record by black musicians in the country to receive gold disc certification. It contains the hit single "Nomathemba". The LP was reissued on Gallo along with most of the group's early output, in February 2007. The members who Sang in the Amabutho Album were Milton Mazibuko Ngali Mazibuko Joseph Shabalala Headman Shabalala Enoch Shabalala Albert Mazibuko Walter Malinga
Amaqhawe was the sixth studio release by the South African isicathamiya group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The album included songs such as "Ngi Boniseleni", which was later re-recorded as "Yibo Labo" on the album Shaka Zulu. Ben Shabalala Funokwakhe Mazibuko Abednego Mazibuko Headman Shabalala Enoch Shabalala Albert Mazibuko Milton Mazibuko Joseph Shabalala Russell Mthembu Fikile Groonwell Khumalo Jockey Shabalala Patrick Zondo Jabulani Dubazana
Shintsha Sithothobala was the eighth studio release by the South African isicathamiya group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Shintsha Sithothobala, released in 1975 unlike most of the output of the group by this time, does not include any directly Zulu Christian religious songs. The album's songs instead are based on Zulu tradition. Enoch Shabalala Headman Shabalala Joseph Shabalala Ben Shabalala Abednego Mazibuko Funokwakhe Mazibuko Albert Mazibuko Milton Mazibuko
My Dream – African Sounds is a 2008 release by the South African groups Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the SABC Choir. It was released on 30 September 2008. The album is a collaboration of both isicathamiya and choral music.
Shabalala may refer to:
"Homeless" is a 1986 song by Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo lead singer Joseph Shabalala.
Always With Us is a 2014 album by the South African isicathamiya group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The album, released on 15 January 2014, is a tribute to the life of the group's matriarch Nellie Shabalala (1953-2002), the late wife of Mambazo leader Joseph Shabalala. It is also only the second album in the group's 50-year career to feature female Zulu vocalists singing alongside the male members.