FEATURING - Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Live! In the USA.

Posted on February 17, 2020

The Special Collections DVD of the Week is:

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Live! In the USA.

For more than three decades, the story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been just as much about physicality and choreography as it has been about brilliant vocal harmonies. This Grammy-winning a cappella group merges South African music and dance traditions with Christian messages of compassion, love and global harmony. Recorded in Akron, Ohio, in 2008, the set captures songs performed on the stage of the EJ Thomas Hall at the University of Akron, as well as in-depth interviews with founder, leader and musical director Joseph Shabalala and other members of the group. Shabalala, a South African farm boy turned factory worker, first began gathering talented vocalists and arranging multi-layered and tightly woven harmonies in the early 1960s. After a series of records throughout the '70s and early '80s, the group rocketed to international fame in 1986 with their appearance on Paul Simon's landmark recording, Graceland. The group has come to be recognized as South Africa's musical ambassadors to the world.

Catalogue Access: https://UnivofPretoria.on.worldcat.org/oclc/742571153

This book is available at Special Collections, housed on level 5 of the Merensky 2 Library, and is part of our FZ van der Merwe South African Music (FZ) Collection.

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