The joyous and uplifting musical voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, referred to by Nelson Mandela as ‘South Africa’s cultural ambassadors’ marry the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their Zulu traditions to the sounds and sentiments of gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience ever since Paul Simon first introduced them to the world with the Graceland album.
The group sing in a joyously energetic performance that combines powerful choruses, softer, almost whispering chants where voices blend harmoniously, and tightly-choreographed dance moves.
‘Gorgeous harmonies from the South African vocal ensemble, best known for their work with Paul Simon on Graceland. Though they sing entirely a cappella, their songs have a rhythmic spring, and their dance moves are light-footed and elegant.’ (Daily Telegraph)
Support for the night comes from cellist Redi Hasa, best known for his work with Ludovico Einaudi, and vocalist Maria Mazzotta, previously singer for Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino. Reinventing the musical traditions of their places of origin since 2010, the duo release their second album Novilunio in November.
7.30pm-8pm: Redi Hasa and Maria Mazzotta
8.20pm-9.40pm: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
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