Last week, talk show host Jimmy Fallon featured Ladysmith "Snack" Mambazo on his show. Funny, or dumb?
Aside from the funny or dumb question, there is also a serious issue that this performance unleashed. Fallon claimed that some of the ensemble members were from Mambazo. But they were not. And Mambazo, although exceedingly polite about it, has some issues, which are detailed on Mambazo's Facebook page.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Facebook reaction number one, from Aug. 8:
“…the Jimmy Fallon TV Show Facebook page said that actual members of our group were included in the skit/advertisement. This is not true. We're not sure why they would write this but it is completely untrue…”
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Facebook reaction number two, from Aug. 10:
“…We actually do think the skits are very funny & we are truly humbled & honored that anyone would think to include our group in their work....Pringles, Ben & Jerry's, Subway Sandwiches & others have had their products advertised by a group called Ladysmith Snack Mambazo who dress like us, sing like us & dance like us to promote a product that they get paid for. Is it legal...probably. But it does raise questions that ALL artists have to deal with.That being the years & years of work put into a career & creating an image & such & then seeing someone use that image to advertise a product & get paid to do so….”
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