6 Jun 2020
For sixty years Ladysmith Black Mambazo have sung powerful, uplifting songs that emote the struggles and passion of South Africa. Nelson Mandela called Ladysmith “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors”. The group sing a cappella in a joyously energetic performance that combines loud powerful choruses with softer, almost whispering chants where voices blend harmoniously, and tightly choreographed dance moves. Featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland album, they have toured the world since, and were re-united with Paul Simon a few years ago in the Graceland world tour.
‘Truly great singing, balancing soulful ballads and traditional dance songs with exquisite and perfectly timed harmony work ’(Guardian)
“Gorgeous harmonies from the South African vocal ensemble, best known for their work with Paul Simon on Graceland. Though they sing entirely a cappella, their songs have a rhythmic spring, and their dance moves are light-footed and elegant”(Daily Telegraph)
This performance celebrates the life and music of Joseph Shabalala, the founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and is dedicated to his memory.
Age restriction: 14+
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