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Monday December 11, 2017

Thurston Talk

The Washington Center Hosts Grammy Award Winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo
By: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is excited to present GRAMMY Award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo on January 17, 2018, featuring songs from their most recent CD, Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers. This marks the group’s 17th Grammy Award nomination. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been awarded the Grammy Award four times; in 1988, for Shaka Zulu; in 2004, for Raise Your Spirit Higher; in 2009, for Ilembe and in 2013, for Singing For Peace Around The World.

Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers is a celebration of the group’s past, present and future. The group members say, “with this new CD, we wanted to honor the many people from the past, people that the younger generations must give thanks to for paving the way and leaving footsteps for us to follow. We honor the past members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, our fathers, who started this group in the 1960’s. Our fathers sang as part of Ladysmith Black Mambazo because of the pride and love they shared for their people’s history and culture. We also honor the “elders of South Africa” whom the younger generations admire, praise and are so grateful for all they have done for our people. These elders are the ones who have paved the way for the future of our country. These elders have laid down the footsteps we humbly follow.”

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