"Warm Cheers" for Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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Monday March 10, 2014

From The Ogden Standard-Examiner

Ladysmith Black Mambazo engages Ogden audience
By: Nancy Van Valkenburg

Ladysmith Black Mambazo played to a nearly full house this weekend at Ogden’s 800-seat Peery’s Egyptian Theater. The group earned vigorous applause, warm cheers and a standing ovation.

The Grammy winning South African a cappella group, which first gained world attention 27 years ago when it performed on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album, seemed to engage its audience for the full, two-hour show.

“We were surprised how animated they were,” said Jay Tyler, an Ogden rock ‘n roll musician who attended with daughter, Holly, 8. “I liked how they explained the stories, and what the songs are about. I grew up listening to Paul Simon, so I was introduced to this music years ago.”

Group members stood at 10 of 11 microphones. The extra mic was in honor of group cofounder Josef Shabalala, 72, who is recovering slowly from back surgery. But Shabalala was well represented by his four sons and one grandson among the group members.

“I like it,” Holly said. “I think its been really interesting because it’s from somewhere else, and it’s different music and really cool.”

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