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:
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone. Feet in the dirt, or barefoot on a stage with sequins--it's soul beats in my chest.
I was first exposed to jazz while others listened to surf music in the '50s and '60s, it was Monk, Miles, Satchmo and Ella, Rosemary Clooney and Julie London followed. Margaret Whiting, Les McCann, Willie Bobo, Andy Simpkins, Snooky Young, Bill Basie and Helen Humes. The first time I heard Topsy, Take 2, I about passed out at the age of ten.
I've hung with Les McCann who more than 30 years after our first meeting became my duet partner on my CD, Don't Go To Strangers. Karen Hernandez from the start, Jack Le Compte on drums, Lou Shoch on bass, Steve Rawlins as my arranger and pianist, Grant Geissman - guitar genius, Nolan Shaheed, Richard Simon, and more. The big boys. My Red Hot Papas. The best show I ever attended was...
I met Helen Humes first back in 1981 and helped turn one Playboy Jazz Festival night into her tribute, bring the Basie Band to stage, her joy boys. Before she took the stage for the last time to sing, If I could Be With You One Hour Tonight thousands of copies of the newspaper I wrote for carried her story. It was kismet, her being held by Joe Williams backstage. Soon in my life were the great Linda Hopkins who told me I sang the song she wrote better than her, which floored me of course, the energizing Barbara Morrison and the stellar Marilyn Maye who guided me professionally.
My advice to new listeners... let your backbone slip and feel your body stripping back the barriers that prevent us from being one with the music.
Remember none of us are strangers, we just haven't met yet.