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Ladysmith Black Mambazo w/ Ole Sankale: Live at Belly Up

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo with support from Ole Sankale
Seated Show
Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Doors: 7:00pm
Show: 8:00pm
Tickets: $35 Advanced // $40 DOS // $62 Reserved Loft Seating

Tickets on sale now ⇨ http://bit.ly/LadysmithBUT

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa by Joseph, then a young farmboy turned factory worker, the group took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Their collective voices were so tight and their harmonies so polished that by the end of the 1960's they were banned from competitions, although they were welcome to participate as entertainers.

In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated Black Mambazo’s rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his Graceland album – a landmark 1986 recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences. "Graceland" one many awards including the Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year. A year later, Simon produced Black Mambazo’s first U.S. release, Shaka Zulu, which won the Grammy Award, in 1988,for Best Traditional Folk Album. Since then, and in total, the group has received fifteen Grammy Award Nominations and three Grammy Award wins, including one in 2009.


Ole Sankale is a Maasai cultural ambassador, musician, performer, and engaging lecturer. He hosted a Maasai radio show in Kenya for 5 years and regularly brought Maasai people together to share and promote the culture. He was a media specialist for the 2017 Kenya election encouraging the Maasai to vote. Sankale is a highly knowledgeable warrior about traditional and modern Maasai culture. In Kenya he is known as “Enkoriri” meaning tough warrior in Maasai language for his activism to assist the Maasai people. Ole Sankale has come in partnership with NGO My Chosen Vessels to provide awareness to America regarding the water crisis in Kenya and Maasailand.


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