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Thursday February 20, 2014

From Macomb Daily

Sound Check: Ladysmith Black Mambazo gathers friends on musical peace train
By: Gary Graff

Collaboration has been key for Ladysmith Black Mambazo during the South African vocal troupe’s more than 50-year career.

The group came to fame, of course, as part of Paul Simon’s Grammy Award-winning “Graceland” project in 1986. Since then the group has worked with many others — Josh Groban, Taj Mahal, Sarah McLachlan and more — and loaded up with guests on 2012’s “& Friends” album. And the group’s new “Always With Us,” a tribute to Nellie Shabalala — the late wife of Ladysmith founder Joseph Shabalala — pairs the group with its Women of Mambazo sister choir.

The group’s Albert Mazibuko says these pairings are “a dream come true” for Ladysmith’s nine members.

“From the beginning we wanted to unite people with our music,” says Mazibuko, the senior member of Ladysmith’s touring unit while Shabalala stays in South Africa to work on new material. “So if somebody comes and says, ‘Let’s do something together,’ that is what we wanted to do. We wanted the world to come together in peace and connect and then share ideas and make people happy and sing.”

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