It is our absolute pleasure to host multiple Grammy Award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Tasmania for the first time. Partially named after their hometown in South Africa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo was formed in the early 60s and rose to world prominence when they collaborated with Paul Simon on his 1986 album Graceland.
The group’s philosophy is as much about preservation of musical heritage as it is about entertainment. They borrow heavily from a traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa, where poorly housed and lowly paid mine workers would entertain themselves after a six-day week by singing songs into the wee hours on Sunday morning.
Over the years Ladysmith have been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards, have won 5, as well as an Academy Award and an Emmy! Their latest award was at this year’s Grammys for their album Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration.
This is a very special concert not to be missed.