How to warm the cockles of your South African soul
Two great homegrown gigs it’s worth wrapping up for
LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO TO HONOUR MADIBALadysmith Black Mambazo are back in South Africa after winning their fifth Grammy Award with their latest album Shaka Zulu Revisited earlier this year. Out of two nominations at the Grammys they scooped the Best World Music award and dedicated it to Nelson Mandela.
The group travelled with Mandela, at his request, when he went to Oslo, Norway, to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. A year later they were singing at the inauguration of the newly elected president in 1994. Mandela proclaimed the group South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world.This year the isicathamiya group is celebrating an amazing 58 years in the music industry and are regarded as a mobile academy of South African cultural heritage. The group is dedicating their award to their founder, Joseph Shabalala, who led them from the dusty streets of Ladysmith in the early 1960s to global prominence.
Shabalala’s inspiration for the group came to him in a dream in which a choir of children sang and danced. He introduced a new style of music and movements which made isicathamiya fashionable and prominent.To commemorate the centenary of Mandela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will play their inimitable sounds at the State Theatre in Pretoria. Friday and Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm. Tickets are R150-R300 at Computicket.TRIBUTE TO MAMA AFRICAMiriam Makeba’s career influenced singer Thulile Zama and her band members to such an extent that they are performing a tribute in the honour of Mama Africa. Hear favourites like Pata Pata and The Click Song, ballads like Promise, and some of the heart wrenching offerings she wrote in exile.Makeba wrote and sang many struggle songs that sent a message to the rest of the world. She addressed issues that South Africa was facing during those difficult times through songs like The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Khawuleza and Ibhabhalazi.
Zama will be accompanied by Rebakah Doty on drums, David Smith on keys and Sibusiso Mkhonza on bass, with the Ulozolo Dancers from KwaMashu.
The show takes place at Artizen Lounge in KwaMashu, Durban, at 3pm on Sunday. For more information go to concertssa.co.za, follow @ConcertsSA at http://twitter.com/ConcertsSA, or visit www.facebook.com/ConcertsSA