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Friday February 22, 2019

From Iowa Public Radio

Dancing with Mandela, Singing with Simon: Albert Mazibuko on 50 years in Ladysmith Black Mambazo
By: Barney Sherman

Albert Mazibuko grew up on a farm in South Africa then found work at an asbestos factory. But since childhood he’d dreamed of singing with an innovative local ensemble, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In 1969, he was invited to join the group, and half a century later he has lost none of his enthusiasm. This Saturday afternoon at 2 PM, Mazibuko will be singing in Cedar Falls, Iowa, when Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

[…] The most admirable feature of choral music may be that the only equipment you need is built into your body. Not even the deprivations of apartheid could stop South African musicians from creating a new a cappella choral art form and raising it to ever-greater heights. Any day you get to speak to one of these artists is a good one, and I was grateful for the opportunity to speak with Mazibuko. If you have the chance to hear Ladysmith in concert, I’d encourage you to take it, and since the Cedar Falls concert is a matinee, to bring a child or three.

Listen to the interview here