Ladysmith Black Mambazo: South African Choral Legends at State Theatre
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It's been 75 years since The Wizard of Oz brought to life the magical, musical tale of young Dorothy and her adventures after her house gets carried away in a Kansas tornado. Released in 1939 and starring a teenage Judy Garland, the film has since become a rite of passage for kids of all ages with its catchy tunes and the lovable Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow, whom Dorothy befriends during her quest to get back home. The film's still as fresh, frightening and funny as ever, and now you can enjoy it on the big screen and accompanied by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performing Harold Arlen's score. Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts, and it's a pretty sure bet you'll be humming "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" all the way home. Come dressed as your favorite character and you might even win a prize! Learn More
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Celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2013, Ladysmith Black Mambazo—led by founder and leader Joseph Shabalala—has a musical style that combines the joyous and uplifting rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions with the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music.
In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated Black Mambazo’s rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his Graceland album—a landmark 1986 recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences. A year later, Simon produced Black Mambazo’s first U.S. release, Shaka Zulu, which won a Grammy® Award in 1988. Since then, the group has been awarded two more Grammy® Awards and has been nominated a total of 15 times including a nomination for their most recent CD release, Songs From A Zulu Farm.
Assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa, the group took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo—Ladysmith being the name of founder Shabalala’s rural hometown; Black being a reference to oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo being the Zulu word for axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them.
A radio broadcast in 1970 opened the door to their first record contract—the beginning of an ambitious discography that includes more than 50 recordings. 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.