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8.00pm

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Tickets

£29.50, £26.50, £14.75

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is one of the world’s greatest and most distinctive vocal groups. For sixty years the legendary a cappella male choir have invoked the soul of South Africa with their intricate rhythms and harmonies and powerful, uplifting songs.

‘Truly great singing, balancing soulful ballads and traditional dance songs with exquisite and perfectly timed harmony work’ (Guardian)

They shot to global stardom after featuring on Paul Simon’s Graceland album and have been touring the world ever since and have won five GRAMMY Awards.

‘With their cheeky scissor-kicks, Ladysmith Black Mambazo were pretty spry for a 60-year-old choral group. Their line-up has evolved but the South Africans’ close-knit harmonies are just as faultless as they were on Paul Simon’s Graceland, which brought them international fame.’ (★★★★☆ Telegraph)

For sixty years Ladysmith Black Mambazo has sung powerful, uplifting songs that emote the struggles and passion of South Africa. Nelson Mandela called Ladysmith “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors”. The group’s joyously energetic performance combines loud powerful choruses with softer, almost whispering, chants where voices blend harmoniously, and tightly choreographed dance moves.

‘Though they sing entirely a cappella, their songs have a rhythmic spring, and their dance moves are light-footed and elegant’ (Daily Telegraph)

‘It’s not just their sound but their look and their athleticism. They bounded on, promising an evening of “peace, love and harmony” from South Africa to the world and surely no one failed to pick up the joyous vibes as they sang and joshed with one another, and the audience.’ (★★★★☆ theartsdesk)

These performances will celebrate the life and music of Joseph Shabalala, the founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and are dedicated to his memory.
When Joseph formed the group that became Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 60 years ago, he had a dream of a South Africa living in harmony. For all his life he created beautiful vocal music that came to speak to the whole world with a call for peace and love. Joseph retired in 2014 and handed leadership of Ladysmith Black Mambazo to his four sons Thulani, Msizi, Sibongiseni and Thamsanqa, who carry Joseph’s message into the future.

Pre-event Food & Drink

Enjoy delicious drinks and light bites from our Café Bar ahead of the event.

Available to pre-order when booking your tickets, you can choose from a selection of house drinks on arrival, accompanied by a board of bread, olives and dips (all Vegetarian). Just select which option – for one or two people – you would like, before checkout.

Your pre-ordered food and drink will be available to collect from the Café Bar from 60 minutes before the event. It’s the perfect way to begin your event experience at St George’s!