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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Monday, February 24, 2020, 3:00 AM

South Africas Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a teenage farmer living on the lands just outside the small town of Ladysmith. Shabalala used his hometowns name to honor his familys history and also added to his groups name the word black in reference to the black oxen, the strongest of all farm animals. Mambazo is the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the groups vocal ability to clear the path to success. The group sings from a traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa.In 2017 the group released two Grammy-nominated albums. Songs of PEACE & LOVE for Kids & Parents Around The World was nominated for Best Childrens Album. The second album of 2017, Shaka Zulu Revisited, won Best World Music Album. Ladysmith Black Mambazo carries a message of peace, love and harmony as they travel the world with their music.During the 1970s Ladysmith Black Mambazo established themselves as the most successful singing group in South Africa. In the mid-1980s, American singer/songwriter Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated the groups rich harmonies into the famous Graceland album a landmark recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences. In addition to their work with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge, and many others.

Cost: $60 PREMIUM / $52 ADV / $56 DOOR (plus fees)

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