CAP UCLA and KCRW Presents Ladysmith Black Mambazo, recorded live at UCLA’s Royce Hall on March 16th, 2020. Following the untimely passing of their leader Joseph Shabalala earlier this year, and with a series of postponed performance dates necessitated by the COVID-19 public health crisis,
CAP UCLA was able to invite Ladysmith Black Mambazo to record a live performance before the “safer-at-home” measure was instated. Although it was originally intended to be a live performance with an audience, KCRW is happy to share this performance with our audience to enjoy from the safety of their home. We hope that this brings solace during these uncertain times.
Joseph Shabalala, the singer who created the South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and propelled it to worldwide fame, died in February in Pretoria at age 78. The unique style he created, an a cappella style that blended Zulu elements with the textures of Christian choral singing that colonialists had brought with them to South Africa – but it was also something singular and instantly recognizable.The group became beloved globally as collaborators with Paul Simon on the album Graceland, and went on to win five Grammys. (NPR)
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