Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a male choral group from South Africa that sings in the vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube. They rose to worldwide prominence as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his album, Graceland and have won multiple awards, including three Grammy Awards. They were formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1960 and later became one of South Africa’s most prolific recording artists, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc honors.
Also performing was the multi-talented Nairobi based band Sauti Sol. The African acoustic band consists of 4 members; Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Chimano, Delvin Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno who in 2005 decided to take up music professionally after meeting in high school. The band is inspired by the choices, consequences and challenges that the Kenyan youth face and the need to revamp the music industry with a different unique sound that cuts across all age groups.
Other acts to take the stage during the main event held at the Impala Grounds on Sunday October 2nd included: The Kenya Conservatoire of Music Orchestra, Nairobi Orchestra, Safaricom Choir, Nairobi Chamber Chorus, Kenyatta University Choir, Africa Nazarene Choir, Strathmore Chorale, Moi Nairobi Girls, Starehe Boys & Girls and Alliance High. Soloists included: Brian Sempele, Kevin Munyi, Joseph Chege and the band Jazzinfolk.
View images from the Safaricom Classical Fusion 2011 event.