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Acclaimed Artist Series: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

DateThursday, February 27, 2020, 7:30 PM

Location Salem Campus Auditorium

Join us for an amazing evening of World Music presented by the award-winning South African vocal ensemble, Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

With over 70 recordings and 5 Grammys, these men have many stories to tell through their unique style of song and dance. In addition to their work with Paul Simon, the group has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris and many othersNelson Mandela called Ladysmith Black Mambazo "South Africa's ambassadors to the world!"

South Africa’s five time GRAMMY Award winning singing group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was founded in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a teenage Zulu farm boy living on the lands just outside the small town of Ladysmith. In naming the group, Joseph used his hometown to honor his family history. The word Black is in reference to the black oxen, the strongest of the farm animals he worked with, so to announce the strength of the group’s vocal singing. Mambazo is the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s vocal ability.

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