South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo are to play a four-date Irish tour in December.

More than twenty years ago Paul Simon travelled to South Africa and met Joseph Shabalala and the other members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo in a recording studio in Johannesburg.

Captivated by their sound, Simon incorporated the traditional sounds of black South Africa into his 'Graceland' album, bringing Ladysmith Black Mambazo to world attention.

The group has recorded with numerous artists from around the world including Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, and Ben Harper.

Their film work includes a featured appearance in Michael Jackson's video 'Moonwalker' and Spike Lee's 'Do It A Cappella'.

Black Mambazo also provided soundtrack material for Disney's 'The Lion King Part II' as well as Eddie Murphy's 'Coming To America', Marlon Brando's 'A Dry White Season', and James Earl Jones' 'Cry The Beloved Country'.

Tour dates:
Friday 10 December - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin
Saturday 11 December - Glor Theatre, Ennis
Sunday 12 December - Opera House, Cork
Monday 13 December - The Royal Theatre, Castlebar