Ladysmith Black Mambazo Heads into the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire On Stage]
Ladysmith Black Mambazo captures South Africa’s historic struggle with an inspiring repertoire that melds the tradition of Zulu harmony, singing songs born in the mines during the apartheid era, with hints of gospel. Whether performing at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, in Disney’s “The Lion King,” or alongside Paul Simon on his ground-breaking album Graceland, Ladysmith Black Mambazo creates beautiful harmonies that have brought their unique sound to international prominence. The rich uplifting sounds and effortlessly synchronized dancing convey universal themes of faith, hope and peace, yielding a performance of pure, uninhibited joy.
In 2017 the group released two albums that both were nominated for Grammy Awards, a first for a world music group. Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World was nominated for Best Children’s Album. Their second album of 2017, Shaka Zulu Revisited, won the Grammy for Best World Music Album.