In 2014 Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the South African a cappella group formed by Joseph Shabalala during the 1960s, was awarded their fourth Grammy Award for the album Singing For Peace Around The World. It was Nelson Mandela who designated Ladysmith Black Mambazo "South Africa's Cultural Ambassadors to the world."
The group sings from a traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa, where black workers were taken by rail to work far away from their homes and their families. Poorly housed and paid worse, the mine workers would entertain themselves after a six-day week by singing songs into the wee hours on Sunday morning. When the miners returned to the homelands, this musical tradition returned with them.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo carries a message of peace, love and harmony as they travel the world year after year. They bring this message, in song and dance, to every performance.
Global Beat Underwriter: Homestead
Performing at the Grand Theatre, in the Regina Rosen Auditorium
Tickets are A Section - $47.50; B Section - $42.50 plus HST and handling fee