Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Tickets – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR – March 8th, 2013

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Aladdin Theater

Portland, OR

$32.50 adv/$35.00 dos

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Minors -21 permitted with parent or legal guardian.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
In 2012, Ladysmith Black Mambazo – led by founder and front man Joseph Shabalala – celebrates fifty-one years of joyous and uplifting music that marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. In those years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. Their musical efforts over the past four decades have garnered praise and accolades within the recording industry, but also solidified their identity as a cultural force to be reckoned with.

Assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa by Shabalala – then a young farm boy turned factory worker – the group took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ladysmith being the name of Shabalala's rural hometown; Black being a reference to oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo being the Zulu word for 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 they were eventually banned from competitions – although they were welcome to participate strictly as entertainers.

In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated Black Mambazo's rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his Graceland album – a landmark 1986 recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences. A year later, Simon produced Black Mambazo's first U.S. release, Shaka Zulu, which won a Grammy in 1988 for Best Traditional Folk Album. Since then the group has won an additional two Grammy Awards (2005 & 2009) and received fifteen Grammy Award Nominations.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo returns to it's roots with Songs From A Zulu Farm, a collection of traditional songs from the group member's childhoods on the farms of Zululand South Africa. The album recreates the idyllic world in which the members once lived and shares it with audiences around the world. The cd is the first of three the group will be releasing that sings about their lives in South Africa. The trilogy, called Our South African Story, will feature a second cd with songs from their church in South Africa and a third cd with songs from the townships they lived in after leaving the farms of Ladysmith.