Artist Profiles: Blackie Zandisile Mbizela

Blackie Zandisile Mbizela – Bass marimba, percussion, vocals, dance.

Blackie Zandisile Mbizela was born on 27 December 1961, in Langa. ‘Zandisile’ has no direct English translation, but is derived from the fact that he comes from a small family line. Blackie joined St Anthony’s church choir after leaving school, where he learned to play marimbas and met up with the other members of Amampondo.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.
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