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Saturday, March 05, 2011
Ladysmith Black Mambazo in DC!
Legendary South African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo comes to Washington, DC's Lisner Auditorium on Thursday, March 10th.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo create a joy-infused environment everywhere they sing the complex and harmonious songs developing out of the South African Isicathamiya tradition. The Grammy-Winning all-male choir, launched to international fame by Paul Simon's Graceland, has married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music for more than forty years.
"The voices ... share deep, resonant chords, hummed or shouted or swooped, in joyous crescendos or a velvety hush; they answer gentle exhortations from Ladysmith's leader or propel his solos with rhythmic riffs, or sing along behind him with rich unanimity. Onstage, the group matches its harmonies with dance steps, kicking and soft-shoeing." - The New York Times