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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

10th March 2018 - Saturday 20:00

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, South Africa’s sensational choral group is bringing its signature sounds to the Merrill Auditorium!

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is an all male choral group formed in 1960 by Joseph Shabalala. He recruited his brothers Headman and Enoch, cousins Albert, Milton, Funokwakhe, Abednego and Joseph Mazibuko, as well as close friends Matovoti Msimanga and Walter Malinga to complete the line up. Their vocal style is a blend of isicathamiya (a singing style of the Zulu people of South Africa) and mbube (groups of voices singing homophonically in rhythmic unison to create intricate harmonies and textures). The group’s had many line up changes over the years and it currently consists of Joseph Shabalala, Thamsanqa Shabalala, Sibongiseni Shabalala, Thulani Shabalala, Msizi Shabalala, Albert Mazibuko, Abednego Mazibuko, Russel Mthembu, and Ngane Dlamini. They started to get mainstream recognition after singing with Paul Simon on his 1986 album Graceland. They’ve had a stellar career with over 50 albums, many of which have been certified Gold or Platinum. They’ve received many accolades including 4 Grammy Awards (for Best World Music Album, Best Traditional Folk Recording, and 2 for Best Traditional World Music Album), 4 South African Music Awards, 2 Drama Desk Awards, and a SARIE Award.

Don’t miss your chance to see the South African vocal group whose popularity soared when paired with Paul Simon, powerful a capella folk with political and religious themes! Click the button below to see Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Saturday, March 10th!

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