Spirited Ladysmith Black Mambazo Performance

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Monday August 11, 2014

From The Herald Scotland

African chants in spirited performance
By: Rob Adams

It says much about the blueprint Joseph Shabalala created for Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the way in which this wonderful choir has evolved that new members have arrived and older ones retired over time and yet the sound of voices blending like vapours intermingling has remained its trademark.

The longest serving of the current edition, which now includes four of Shabalala’s sons and one grandson, has been present since 1969 and it might also say something about the energy-giving properties of their South African hymns and chants of celebration that he’s as much of a livewire as the handspringing, break dancing newer kids on the block.

There’s a spirit-lifting quality in sentiment as well as tone as the nine voices coalesce on songs that embrace equality and peace and get into more mischievous territory, with the interlocking locomotion of their movements adding emphasis and theatre.

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