Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Wednesday, March 11, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Legends Of South Africa Series: Global Sounds  

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

A South African institution, Ladysmith Black Mambazo sparks a gentle fire to stir passions and lift sunken spirits. The all-male a cappella group began back in the early ‘60s, when Joseph Shabalala infused sacred vocal harmonies with the secular song and dance styles of South African folk traditions. But it wasn’t until 1986 that they broke through to a mass audience, as part of Paul Simon’s era-defining Graceland project. Since then, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has become known as a global ambassador for post-apartheid South Africa, accompanying the late South African president Nelson Mandela to Oslo, Norway for his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize. 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.

Artist Personnel

Joseph Shabalala vocals
Msizi Shabalala vocals
Thulani Shabalala vocals
Sibongiseni Shabalala vocals
Thamsanqa Shabalala vocals
Albert Mazibuko vocals
Abednego Mazibuko vocals
Ngane Dlamini vocals

Artist Website

"Ladysmith makes music so insidiously penetrating that you seem to absorb it with your whole being rather than just the ears. " — The New York Times
"It isn’t merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being. " — Paul Simon