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South African vocal powerhouse Ladysmith Black Mambazo play their first UK tour for many years.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the world’s greatest and most distinctive vocal groups. For sixty years the legendary acappella male choir have invoked the soul of South Africa with their intricate rhythms and harmonies and powerful, uplifting songs. They shot to global stardom after featuring on Paul Simon’s Graceland album and have been touring the world ever since and have won five GRAMMY Awards – Nelson Mandela called them “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors” – and they tour now to celebrate Black History Month.

Their special guest is Cameroon-born guitarist and singer Muntu Valdo – an electrifying presence who combines loops with the blues.

Truly great singing, balancing soulful ballads and traditional dance songs with exquisite and perfectly timed harmony work‘ (Guardian)

‘It’s not just their sound but their look and their athleticism. They bounded on, promising an evening of “peace, love and harmony” from South Africa to the world and surely no one failed to pick up the joyous vibes as they sang and joshed with one another, and the audience.’ (★★★★☆ theartsdesk)

“Music to banish sadness” (The Times)

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Tue 18 October

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