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Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Jan 31, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| $30
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with an evening of joyous and uplifting music by South Africa’s Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8pm. Tickets are $30-$40 and can be purchased at BrooklynCenter.org or by calling the box office at 718-951-4500 (Tue-Sat, 1pm-6pm).
Led by founder and leader Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrates over fifty years of spreading their native South African musical traditions all over the globe. With their intricate rhythms and harmonies, this a cappella vocal group has created a musical legacy that has touched a worldwide audience. Their musical efforts over the past five decades have garnered international praise and accolades.
Assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa by Mr. Shabalala, who was then a young farm boy turned factory worker, the group took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Ladysmith is the name of Mr. Shabalala’s hometown, about three hours west of Durban and three hours east of Johannesburg; Black is a reference to the oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo is the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. Their collective voices were so tight and their harmonies so polished that by the end of the 1960s they were banned from competitions, although they were welcome to participate as entertainers.