South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo lifts spirits with her music on August 17th at the Ridgefield Playhouse
The legendary a capella choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo must appear at The Ridgefield Gambling House on Wednesday August 17, 2022 at 8 p.m.. The show, which is part of HamletHub World Music Series and sponsored by Soul Sister Travelsis the band’s only stop in Connecticut.
The group sings isicathamiya, a kind of musical style that uses only voices without instruments, with close harmonies and many voices mixing different notes at once and including hand movements and tight choreography. A global musical phenomenon based in South Africa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have been performing since the 1960s. since left, with more recent songs produced with Josh Groban, David Guetta and Sarah McLachlan.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has garnered 19 GRAMMY nominations and 5 GRAMMY wins, with her latest album “Shaka Zulu revisited» win for Best World Music Album in 2018. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show – visit TerraSole (3 Big Shop Lane, Ridgefield) and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine with your admission when you show your tickets. Media sponsor for this event is 90.7 WFUV.
When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for his political opposition, Paul Simon traveled to South Africa to record “graceland.” Looking to collaborate with South African musicians, Simon came across Ladysmith and the band’s leader, Joseph Shabalala, who has since passed away. After sharing the band’s vocals on the album and selling 16 million records by 1986, the band rose to international fame and produced their own album (via Simon) in 1987 titled “Shaka Zuluwhich earned the group their first Grammy Award. After Mandala’s release, he brought Ladysmith with him to the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in 1993 and named them “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world”. With their music underpinning a timeless message of peace, love and harmony, each performance is a feast for the soul and the senses, proving beyond doubt that music is a universal language that binds us all together.
For more information or to purchase a contactless print-at-home ticket ($55), go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts facility located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and accessible to all.