Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

“… pure and uplifting…” – Paste magazine Ladysmith Black Mambazo has an illustrious history going back five decades. Formed in the early ’60s, the South African a cappella group initially won so many singing competitions that they were no longer allowed to compete. Today, fifty years and fifty albums later, the group is dedicated to making sure that young South Africans don’t lose sight of isicathamiya, the traditional Zulu style featuring gorgeous voices, mouth percussion and cascading melodies accompanied by graceful choreography. They have been nominated for a stunning 13 Grammy Awards and won three, becoming a truly global phenomenon that has come to be synonymous with “world” music. Their new album, Always With Us, is a tribute to the late wife of leader Joseph Shabalala, family matriarch Nellie Shabalala, who passed in 2002. The CD contains recordings Nellie made with her church choir, to which the group added their soaring voices in tribute to Nellie’s life and memory. At the Rio Theatre $45/Gold Circle Section  $30/General Admission  (admission tax and service charge additional) (Gold Circle Section – First 10 rows) No Comp Tix Doors: 6:30 PM Co-sponsored by Good Times / SantaCruz.com...
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 PM At the Rio Theatre Ladysmith Black Mambazo $45/Gold Circle  $30/General No Comps Doors: 6:30 PM Media Sponsor: Good Times & KUSP “…sheer joy and love that emanates from their being.” – Paul Simon Grammy-winning vocal sensation Ladysmith Black Mambazo endures as the primary torch-bearer of a Zulu a cappella tradition known asisicathamiya, the traditional Zulu style featuring gorgeous voices, mouth percussion and cascading melodies accompanied by graceful choreography. The group became internationally famous when Paul Simon featured them on his 1986 album Graceland. Hundreds of international appearances in the years hence have earned the octet status as a globally renowned institution. Over their stellar forty plus year career, the group has demonstrated its melodic, harmonic and rhythmic versatility in recordings with an array of artists representing folk, rock, pop, soul, country, classical, hip-hop and world music. Their 2011 release, Songs From A Zulu Farm (Razor & Tie) received the Grammy nomination for Best World Music Album.  Singing For Peace Around The World is their latest CD. Get your tickets early – this band has a history of selling out! www.mambazo.com...