Ladysmith Black Mambazo Brings World Music to US

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Monday January 27, 2014

From The New Pittsburgh Courier

Ladysmith Black Mambazo brings world music to city
By: Genea L. Webb

Beautiful songs of peace, love and harmony combined with traditional Zulu dancing will allow Pittsburgers to experience beautiful South Africa when Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the Grammy Award winning A Cappella group graces Pittsburgh’s Byham Theater stage, January 29, as part of it’s 2014 ‘Always With Us’ U.S. Tour.

The group will be performing in the Steel City as part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo was assembled in the early 1960’²s in South Africa by a young farm boy-turned factory worker, Joseph Shabalala. The group’s unique name is a combination of Shabalala hometown, Black refers to oxen, the strongest of all farm animals in the Motherland and Mambazo is the Zulu word for axe, a symbol of the group’s uncanny ability to ‘chop down’ any singing rival who might challenge them.

The group has recorded with numerous artists including Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge and Paul Simon who made the group a household-name and introduced the world to the group’s infectious music on his ‘Graceland’ album.

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