Thursday June 20, 2013
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Brings A Cappella South African Sound to Milwaukee
By: Mitch Teich
Over the last few decades, the internationally renowned South African all-male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has seen a lot of history made – and made a lot of its own.
The group’s Albert Mazibuko says the singers had a close-up view of how a culture of intolerance can change. When the group formed in early 1960s South Africa, they played to a predominantly black audience – officially separated from the rest of the population by Apartheid laws.
But things began to change in the mid-1980s, when Paul Simon called on the group to perform on his remarkable “Graceland” album. And in the 1990s, Apartheid ended, Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo was front and center as cultural ambassadors of the new South Africa. They gained audiences around the world, won several Grammy Awards, and still tour to this day.
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