Live Video: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Live Video, Wo' Pop
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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