South African singing sensation Lerato Molapo professionally known as Lira and legendary male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo have joined forces to record a song in the studio.
The epic collabo is a tribute to anti-Apartheid activist Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo. This is in preparation for the anniversary of the late ANC leader who would have been 100-years-old on Friday, 27 October 2017.
Lira, who is also a judge on The Voice SA joined viewers in watching the band as guest performers on the popular M-Net show.
Meanwhile, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will target a new audience with the release of their new offering – a children’s album. The multi-award-winning group hopes to help prevent the loss of morals in society with its latest album. The album is expected to contain songs about traditional South African stories.
Subsequently, the group will first release the album titled Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World internationally before a local release later in September.
Sibongiseni Shabalala, a member of the group and the son of its founder Joseph Shabalala said the album is their most personal project so far. The group decided to make an album for the younger generation while reflecting on the importance of telling children stories, referring to the life lessons they learned from the stories they were told during their childhood.
“It is important to tell stories to children when they are young. Stories about how to behave and act in certain situations. These stories give you inspiration and help you in life.
“We have to look at our current generation and if we feel that they are not behaving like we did; we are failing as a generation because they are not being taught properly. We need to stop people from losing their values or morals because they missed out on these lessons,” Shabalala said.