Ladysmith Black Mambazo "In Talks" With Tyler Perry To Produce Film On Group's Rise To Prominence

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 27, 2011 9:47 AM
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On the surface, this seems like an odd pairing... but, I'll reserve comment until I have more data. Besides, Tyler Perry does want to stretch himself, and expand his reach.

According to South African newspaper, The Times, South African a cappella folk-pop group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who Paul Simon introduced to the world on his Grammy Award-winning 1986 album Graceland (although they had already been active for about 20 years prior), are "in talks" with Tyler Perry to produce a feature film based on the stories of the lives of the group's members, and the musical journey to international stardom that followed after their formation.

The group's publicist, Andile Mqwebu, said, reportedly, yesterday, that Tyler Perry has been approached, but no "concrete deal" is yet in place.

No figure on what the budget will be, but financing is already in place, the publicist added, with South African actor Vusi Kunene (The First Grader, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) their top choice to place the role of the lead singer and founder of the group, Joseph Shabalala.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo was formed by Shabalala in 1960. Not familiar?

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  • Wonder-boy Mbhense | June 28, 2011 11:33 AMReply

    This could be another affirmation that MAMBAZO is the devine African giant of the world,all the best

  • MiddleMyatt | June 28, 2011 1:36 AMReply

    Perhaps Ladysmith Black Mambazo simply doesn't know any better. Though there's ample potential for some cross-cultural coonery (since TP's at the helm), there is, however, hope that no signs of TP's input will be apparent -- and thus, the project will be okay.

  • djakdf | June 27, 2011 11:46 AMReply

    Hopefully Tyler can pull this off. This will help with him squashing his Madea image.

  • eshowoman, the cranky film scholar | June 27, 2011 11:18 AMReply

    Will Madea be doing a duet?

  • JMac | June 27, 2011 9:59 AMReply

    Oh hell naw!

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