Performing at the State Theatre in Pretoria, in celebration of 100 years of the birth of Nelson Mandela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo had President Cyril Ramaphosa starstruck.
Wearing a “Madiba shirt” this was the first time the President had the opportunity to meet the legendary group.
This five time Grammy award winning band was saluted by Ramaphosa. During one on one meeting where mutual admiration overflowed.
Even Nathi Mthethwa, Arts and Culture Minister, was full of smiles. She commented that government officials often do a lot of talking but they were looking forward to being serenaded by the Isicathamiya Group.
Ramaphosa excitedly noted that they were going to listen to the beautiful sounds of amaMboza. He said that their souls will be blessed with melodies that will nourish them, IOL News reported.
Ramaphosa paid the band a huge compliment, describing them as an invluable part of South African culture.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Ramaphosa said that Ladysmith Black Mambazo had done so much to put South Africa on the map.
The five Grammies were in their possession and they took this opportunity to boast their accomplishments to the president.
Jokingly, Ramaphosa passed a comment that he wanted to take the fifth Grammy to the Union Buildings. His pride was over flowing.
Albert Mazibuko, the eldest member of the group, said it was an honour to meet the president.
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