Ladysmith Black Mambazo Set To Establish Isicathamiya Music Awards. Legendary Mbhaqanga band Ladysmith Black Mambazo has announced the news that they will be establishing new musical awards that will strictly deal with their musical genre Isicathamiya which they believe is being overlooked in SA.
“The aim of these awards is to promote the genre and make sure it is respected. Since iscathamiya is our signature music in South Africa, it is important to celebrate it,” said the group’s manager Xolani Majozi speaking to SowetanLIVE.
Majozi said Shabalala, who was forced into retirement due to ill-health, was excited the awards will finally happened in December.
“He always wished that iscathamiya music could have its own awards. He regards the launch as the best birthday present ever, since he turns 78 on Tuesday,” Majozi said.
“The awards will be launched on September 7. We will host the awards with the help of the department of arts and culture.”
Majozi added the judging process has already begun, with judges visiting iscathamiya events in different townships.