Ladysmith Black Mambazo a Capella Icons at B.B. King Blues
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The last date listed for Ladysmith Black Mambazo was Tuesday February 25, 2014 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm).
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Singer-keyboardist Brian Mitchell has recorded and performed with everyone from Bob Dylan and B.B. King to Levon Helm, Allen Toussaint, Dolly Parton, Al Green and even former President Bill Clinton. The native New Yorker has also released two albums of his own material, creating a unique sound that mixes gutbucket blues, funky New Orleans-style R&B, quirky Latin rhythms and a bit of the avant-garde. Whether on keyboard, organ, accordion, piano or vocals, Mitchell's an extraordinary performer who has played all over late-night TV, at prestigious music festivals and at top venues across the country and around the world. Learn More
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Featured review from P. C. Steele
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THIS GROUP WAS FANTASTIC!!! I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY WERE SAYING IN THEIR LANGUAGE BUT THEY BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES...VERY MOVING, ENERGETIC AND ENGAGING!! I BOUGHT ONE OF THEIR DVDS.
I was surprised to see the tightly packed in tables for guest. I thought there would be standing room. I feel that the venue takes advantage by requiring a $10 per person charge for seating that you don't necessarily need..a snack of a glass of wine ($10) and wings ($13) to absorb the liquor can cost more than $25!! with tax and tip...$25!!!?? A full meal at BBQs just down the block doesn't cost that much!! I was happy to sit on couch style seat outside of restrm area...hello!!
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This group remains a real treasure after all these years. (They've been going for 54 years -- with newer members aded along the way -- and I've been aware of them since Paul Simon's "Graceland" more than 25 years ago.
Mention African song and most people think of South African practitioners of the vocal arts - Solomon Linda, Miriam Makeba and perhaps more than anyone else in recent memory, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It is Ladysmith Black Mambazo who have come to represent the traditional culture of South Africa. They are regarded as South Africa's cultural emissaries at home and around the world. In 1993, at Nelson Mandela's request, Mambazo accompanied the future President, and then South African President F.W. de Klerk, to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway. Mambazo sang again at President Mandela's inauguration in May of 1994. They are a national treasure of the new South Africa in part because they embody the traditions suppressed in the old South Africa.