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LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO RETURNS TO U.S. WITH 2010 TOUR
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, South Africa's long-running musical treasure" (New York Times), returns to the U.S. in 2010, bringing the nine-man a cappella group's high energy live show to over 40 cities nationwide, including two dates in New York City. The group will perform songs from their 2009 Grammy Award-winning album Ilembe, in addition to selections from their wide catalog.
There is an honesty and integrity in their music that illuminates the best parts of humanity," notes the Associated Press. Using their majestic voices and nothing else," adds the San Francisco Chronicle, [Ladysmith Black Mambazo] produces a full orchestra of sound."
The group marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music, garnering accolades worldwide and solidifying their identity as a cultural force. As Billboard explains, Ladysmith is proof that music knows no boundaries."
Over its forty-year career, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has earned three Grammy awards and received over 15 Grammy nominations, in addition to a Tony Award, and even an Oscar nomination. They've performed for kings, queens, presidents and popes. They accompanied Nelson Mandela when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and also recorded with Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Melissa Etheridge, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, among many others.
01/31/10 Sun Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor, MI
02/03/10 Wed Highline Ballroom New York, NY
02/04/10 Thu B.B. King Blues Club New York, NY
02/05/10 Fri Colonial Theater Bethlehem, NH
02/06/10 Sat Sanders Theater Cambridge, MA
02/07/10 Sun Mahaiwe Theater Great Barrington, MA
02/10/10 Wed Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
02/11/10 Thu West Side Theatre Gary, IN
02/12/10 Fri McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL
02/13/10 Sat Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL
02/14/10 Sun Sheldon Concert Hall St. Louis, MO
02/16/10 Tue Jesse Auditorium Columbia, MO
02/18/10 Thu Bethel College Newton, KS
02/19/10 Fri Mccain Auditorium Manhattan, KS
02/20/10 Sat Walton Arts Center Fayetteville, AR
02/23/10 Tue Finney Chapel Oberlin, OH
02/24/10 Wed Akron Civic Theater Akron, OH
02/25/10 Thu Goodnight Theater Franklin, KY
02/27/10 Sat Avalon Theatre Easton, MD
02/28/10 Sun Byham Theater Pittsburgh, PA
03/02/10 Tue Mahaffey Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts St. Petersburg, FL
03/04/10 Thu Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem, NC
03/05/10 Fri Strathmore North Bethesda, MD
03/06/10 Sat Washington PAC Olympia, WA
03/08/10 Mon Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA
03/10/10 Wed Montalvo Arts Center Saratoga, CA
03/11/10 Thu Congregation Sherith Israel San Francisco, CA
03/12/10 Fri Beckman Auditorium Pasadena, CA
03/13/10 Sat Anthology San Diego, CA
03/14/10 Sun Centennial Hall Tucson, AZ
03/16/10 Tue Newman Center for the Performing Arts Denver, CO
03/17/10 Wed Lincoln Center Performance Hall Fort Collins, CO
03/18/10 Thu Popejoy Hall | UNM Albuquerque, NM
03/19/10 Fri Avalon Theatre Grand Junction, CO
03/20/10 Sat Peerys Egyptian Theater Ogden, UT
03/23/10 Tue Emerson Center for the Arts Bozeman, MT
03/24/10 Wed University Theatre Missoula, MT
03/25/10 Thu Bing Crosby Theatre Spokane, WA
03/26/10 Fri Broadway Center for the Arts Tacoma, WA
03/27/10 Sat McIntyre Hall Mount Vernon, WA
03/28/10 Sun Ross Ragland Theater Klamath Falls, OR
03/30/10 Tue John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts Eugene, OR
Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform Homeless" at the Nobel Peace Concert:
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.