Founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, will be remembered for the impact he had on the global music market.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the world’s greatest and most distinctive vocal groups. For sixty years, the legendary a cappella male choir, founded by Shabalala, has invoked the soul of South Africa with their intricate rhythms, harmonies and powerful, uplifting songs.
The group shot to global stardom after featuring on Paul Simon’s Graceland album and have been touring the world ever since. They have won five Grammy awards.
The Telegraph says, “With their cheeky scissor-kicks, Ladysmith Black Mambazo were pretty spry for a 60-year-old choral group. Their line-up has evolved but the South Africans’ close-knit harmonies are just as faultless as they were on Paul Simon’s Graceland, which brought them international fame.”
For sixty years Ladysmith Black Mambazo has sung powerful, uplifting songs that emote the struggles and passion of South Africa. The group’s joyously energetic performance combines loud powerful choruses with softer, almost whispering, chants where voices blend harmoniously, and tightly choreographed dance moves.
The upcoming UK performances will celebrate the life and music of Joseph Shabalala, and are dedicated to his memory.
When Shabalala formed the group that became Ladysmith Black Mambazo 60 years ago, he had a dream of South Africa living in harmony. For all his life he created beautiful vocal music that spoke to the whole world with a call for peace and love. Shabalala retired in 2014 and handed leadership of Ladysmith Black Mambazo to his four sons Thulani, Msizi, Sibongiseni and Thamsanqa, who carry Joseph’s message into the future.
Friday 5 June – OXFORD New Theatre
Saturday 6 June – LONDON Alexandra Palace Theatre
Sunday 7 June – BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall
Tuesday 9 June – POOLE Lighthouse
Wednesday 10 June – YORK Grand Opera House
Thursday 11 June – MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall
Friday 12 June – EDINBURGH Usher Hall
Monday 15 June – BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion
Tuesday 16 June – BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
Wednesday 17 June – GUILDFORD G Live
Thursday 18 June – LONDON Richmond Theatre
Saturday 20 June – SAFFRON WALDEN Saffron Hall
Sunday 21 June – LONDON Queen Elizabeth Hall (two shows as part of Grace Jones’ Meltdown)
Monday 22 June – MILTON KEYNES Theatre
For bookings and more information, please contact serious.org.uk/Mambazo.