Tuesday February 04, 2014
From Jump Philly
Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ The Annenberg Center for The Performing Arts
Days after winning their fourth Grammy Award, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo entertained a sold-out crowd at the Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
It was an amazing show, full of a cappella harmonies, high kicks and deadpanned jokes, with the ten-member troupe steadily moving in synchronicity like the back-up vocalists in a Motown band.
Hailing from Ladysmith, South Africa, the troupe has been together for more than 50 years. Founder Joseph Shabalala is missing the three-month tour as he is recovering from surgery but several of his sons are part of the group, and his grandson Babuyile is making his first world tour. Babuyile break-danced, did hand stands and goofed around on stage, seemingly enjoying himself all night long.
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