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Monday July 11, 2016

From Dayton Daily News

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: South African group in concert
By: Don Thrasher

Forward motion is the natural state for the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Much of the spring and summer is devoted to international touring, including a concert at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Thursday, July 14. However, in late June the members of the South African vocal group had an opportunity to slow down momentarily during a weeklong visit to Chicago to workshop material for a concert in late 2017.

“We’ve done things like this before and it’s so enjoyable because you don’t know what you’re going to do,” longtime member Albert Mazibuko said recently. “I’ve been looking forward to it. We’re going to listen to what the story is going to be about and from there we’ll be writing some songs that will go along with the story. I’m excited to see how it is going to go.”

Today, there is greater awareness internationally of what is categorized as world music but that wasn’t the case when Ladysmith Black Mambazo began performing in the 1960s.

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