South African Film Festival

Music is my Life

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Music is my Life is a compelling documentary about the incomparable Joseph Shabalala, founder of the wildly popular a-cappella singing and dance troupe, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  The music, which has won multiple international awards, draws heavily on Zulu harmonies (isicathamiya and mbube) resonant of Shabalala’s traditional roots. The film charts Shabalala’s rise from humble farm origins to international stardom following his collaboration with Paul Simon on the Graceland album. Shabalala’s art was totally bound up with his life; his visions and dreams deeply influenced his work. Later on his deep spirituality found expression in religious music. This is an uplifting film about a South African icon of extraordinary talent and charisma.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
    English, Zulu
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    All Ages
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  • Director
    Mpumi "Supa" Mbele
  • Screenwriter
    Mpumi "Supa" Mbele
  • Producer
    Carolyn Carewe
  • Executive Producer
    Judi Nwokei, Thoko Shabalala
  • Co-Producer
    Kate Kotcheff, Joel Marcus
  • Cast
    Dolly Parton, Paul Simon