Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Friday, February 8, 2019, 8pm

The Music Center

$29 - $69

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s rich harmonies have become synonymous with Paul Simon’s seminal album Graceland. While Graceland served as the groups’ introduction to mainstream audiences, Ladysmith Black Mambazo was already extremely well known in their native South Africa and were designated “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world” by Nelson Mandela. With an infectious sense of joy, Ladysmith Black Mambazo spreads a message of peace, hope, and love at every concert through melody and dance.

  • The group’s name comes from founder Joseph Shabalala’s hometown of Ladysmith, “Black” is in reference to strong oxen, and “Mambazo” is the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s vocal ability to clear the path to success.
  • The group sings traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa.
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded more than 70 albums and earned 19 Grammy nominations and 5 Grammy Award wins.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

This concert will run approximately 110 minutes with intermission.


 Windows Series

This event is part of Strathmore’s Windows series of performances and accompanying programs. Learn more

Preconcert Panel Discussion
The Long Walk Goes On: 25 Years After the End of Apartheid featuring storytellers from Story District, dancer Deepti Mukund Navile, and more. Free with performance ticket, but registration is highly recommended. Register online.

Encore Café Postconcert Conversation
Discuss the performance and meet fellow audience members! Stop by the Café Annex (Promenade Level) on your way out of the concert and share your thoughts over light refreshments. Free, but space is limited.


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