It starts with a voice. Then eight more join in. It’s a simple formula but it’s served Ladysmith Black Mambazo well in the fifty years the group has been around. What started out as a dream by Joseph Tshabalala to make music softly, gently, in a style that’s otherwise known as isicathamiya, has grown into the 3-time Grammy-winning musical force known the world round.
The group has just wrapped up a 3-month tour of the US, and will now head back to South Africa. But not for long…take a listen to my brief interview with Albert Mazibuko and Sibongiseni Shabalala, backstage at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday night, to find out why.[audio:http://missntertainment.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/LADYSMITH-FULL.mp3|titles=Ladysmith Black Mambazo]
In the words of LBM, may you go in “peace, love and harmony” this week.
They certainly made sure the packed auditorium at Saturday’s show will certainly do so.