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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

First introduced to world audiences by Paul Simon on his landmark 1986 record Graceland, South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo have charmed listeners worldwide ever since. Influenced by both Zulu and Christian choral traditions, founder (and former member of the Blacks) Joseph Shabalala formed the group in 1974 and named them after the township where he lived. The group's singers magnificently coordinate Zulu vocal characteristics such as clicking sounds, high-pitched ululations, and a particular sense of melody laden with foot stomps and accompanying grunts to create an unforgettable aural and visual spectacle.

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  • Live at Montreux

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    Year: 1973

    Runtime: 55 min

    LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO is the most famous and successful Zulu vocal group of all time. Founded and led by Joseph Shabalala in 1974, they quickly became hugely popular in their native South Africa, but it was their collaboration with Paul Simon on his classic Graceland album in the mideighties that brought them to a worldwide audience. The group's stunning vocal harmonies, combining a number of bass voices with a single tenor and alto and with Shabalala singing lead, are instantly recognizable and extraordinarily powerful and their live shows are also a showcase for athletic Zulu dancing. LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO has played Montreux on three occasions and this program is a combination from all three performances. It features classic tracks such as "Hello My Baby", "King Of Kings", and the song cowritten with Paul Simon, Homeless, which has become their signature tune.
     
     

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