South African Superstars Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Concert at Sanders Theater (Feb, 7th – Saturday at 8:00 p.m.)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is literally a cultural icon in South Africa and also extremely popular world-wide, as well. This outstanding a cappella vocal group sings in the isicathamiya and mbube styles which originated with the Zulu people of this nation. Founded in the 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, they are still going strong today, as is evident in their current presence on myspace. They gained not only American, but global popularity as well in the 1980s with an appearance on Paul Simon’s classic album Graceland. Since then, they have been nominated no less than 14 times for a Grammy award, while going on to win twice.
The group is very dedicated to honoring their South African culture both nationally and globally, not only through their fantastic musical appearances, but also their Mambazo Foundation for South African Music & Culture. Founded by the group’s leader, Joseph Shambalala, in 1999, the foundation actively supports the teaching of native culture to the nation’s young people, a truly valuable endeavor indeed, not only with respect to South Africa but the rest of the world as well!
This evening event takes place on Sat., Feb. 7th and tickets are $40.00, $32.00, and $28.00. For further concert details click here. For a listing of places to dine in the area, check out the neighborhood map.