Live Video: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Live Video, Wo' Pop
02/25/2016
Scott Kulicke
photo by Chad Syme (view set)

Musical lore has it that Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the iconic South African mbube group, was founded by Joseph Shabalala after having a series of dreams in which he heard their sounds. It goes unmentioned whether or not Joseph dreamt of 50 years of worldwide success as perhaps the most well-known cultural export of South Africa. Most people can't say Mambazo without thinking of Paul Simon, and true to form the group performed their Simon-less version of Graceland's "Homeless" in our KEXP studios, which host Darek Mazzone aptly describes as timelessly evoking a sense of love. The group has continued after Joseph's 2008 retirement under the steering of his son Thamsanqa, and they've come to us with a full roster including three of Shabalala's other sons. Enjoy one of the most historically important and musically unique groups of the last century as they fill the KEXP studio.

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