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 reunited with Paul Simon a few years ago in the Graceland world tour. For this tour, the group will be celebrating the life and music of their founder Joseph Shabalala.
“Truly great singing, balancing soulful ballads and traditional dance songs with exquisite and perfectly timed harmony work” The 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
★★★★ “With their cheeky scissor kicks, Ladysmith Black Mambazo were pretty spry for a 60-Year-old choral group. Their line-up has evolved… but the South Africans’ close-knit harmonies are just as faultless as they were on Paul Simon’s Graceland, which, in 1986, brought them international fame.” The Telegraph
Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Grand Opera House York
Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Grand Opera House York from Wednesday 10th June to Wednesday 10th June 2020.