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South African group to sing of culture

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 17, 2011 7:20 AM

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort as a part of Hancher’s 2010-11 season. Admission ranges from $10 to $42.

The South African group started in the early 1960s; Western audiences, for the most part, didn’t hear the group until it collaborated with Paul Simon on the album Graceland.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo won a Grammy in 1988 for Best Traditional Folk Album for its record Shaka Zulu. That Grammy marked the first of three wins and 15 nominations for the musicians.

Last month, the group released Songs From a Zulu, a section of its three-part series Our South African Story. Ladysmith Black Mambazo will play from this trilogy Friday.

— by Samantha Gentry


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