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Joseph Shabalala: In His Own Words

The vision for Ladysmith Black Mambazo came to Joseph Shabalala in a dream in four-part harmony.

Best Documentary: Silver2004 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2004 / David Schulman / Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr / All Things Considered, USA

The vision for Ladysmith Black Mambazo came to Joseph Shabalala in a dream in four-part harmony.

Having grown up under apartheid in South Africa, Shabalala's life has been filled with both intense optimism and suffering. His response to hardship has been to carry on singing.

Joseph Shabalala: In His Own Words won the Best Documentary: Silver Award in the 2004 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. The story first aired on All Things Considered in 2003.


produced by

David Schulman

Since August 2009, David Schulman has been senior producer of Americana, a new weekly program from BBC Radio 4 and the World Service. The show offers a lively outsider's look at American news and culture.


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