Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Box Office: 214.880.0202
The group sings from a traditional
music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines
of South Africa. It was there that black workers were taken by rail to
work far away from their homes and families. Poorly housed and paid
worse, the mine workers would entertain themselves after a six-day week
by singing songs into the wee hours on Sunday morning. When the miners
returned to the homelands, this musical tradition returned with them.
During the 1970’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo established themselves as the
most successful singing group in South Africa. In the mid-1980s,
American singer/songwriter Paul Simon visited South Africa and
incorporated the group’s rich harmonies into the famous Graceland album
(1986) – a landmark recording that was considered seminal in introducing
world music to mainstream audiences.
In addition to their work with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has
recorded with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban,
Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge, and many others. They have provided
music for many movies, have appeared on Broadway where they were
nominated for a Tony Award and even had a documentary film, titled On
Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom, the Story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo,
nominated for an Academy Award.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo carries a message of Peace, Love and Harmony as
they travel the world year after year. They bring this message, in song
and dance, to every theater they perform in. We hope you will join them
as they sing their message.