Behind the Scene
Sibongiseni and Thamsanqa Shabalala form the core of this maskandi act. Already singing with the Ladysmith Black Mambazo on a full-time basis, the two brothers met with Durban guitarist Maqhinga Radebe and started laying down some tracks. The group’s first album is called Ubuhle Bakho (2003), co-produced by Mthandeni Mvelas, who has worked with artists such as Jabu Khanyile, Mbongeni Ngema and others. Shabalala Rhythm released their second album Umaqondana (the perfect partner) in 2004. Both albums were nominated for Samas.
In 2003 along with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Danny K, Shabalala Rhythm was invited to perform at Nelson Mandela’s home where he was hosting an event to honor Oprah Winfrey. In July 2005 they were invited to perform in Germany for the television program Tigerenten Club. Their other albums include ‘Vuma’ (2006), ‘Isingqazu’ (2007) and ‘Isikweletu (2009)’. In 2013 they released ‘Please Call Me’ (2013), featuring Oliver Mtukudzi, N’Faly Kouyate, Pu2ma, DJ Tira and Zim Dollar. It was nominated for a Sama for Best Traditional Music Album.