Share Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Computicket South Africa`s Ladysmith Black Mambazo was assembled in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a …
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Pretoria

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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Event Type: Music, Choral

South Africa`s Ladysmith Black Mambazo was assembled in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a young farmboy turned factory worker. Joseph took the name Ladysmith from his hometown, which lies in the province of KwaZulu Natal, halfway between the city of Durban (where members of the group live today) and Johannesburg. The word Black being a reference to the oxen, the strongest of all farm animals, Joseph`s way of honoring his early life on his family`s farm. Mambazo is the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group`s vocal strength, clearing the way for their music and eventual success.

A favorite of the late great Nelson Mandela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo traveled with the future South African president, at his request, when he went to Oslo, Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. One year later they were singing at the inauguration of the newly elected President. After many more special appearances with the South African icon, Mandela proclaimed the group South Africa`s Cultural Ambassadors to the World.

In 2014 founder, Joseph Shabalala, retired after over fifty years of leading his group. Joseph passed the leadership torch to his sons Thulani, Sibongiseni, Thamsanqa Shabalala, all who joined Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1993. Joseph`s sons will carry the group into the future for decades to come. The group sings of peace, of love and for people to live in harmony. They do so on every album and from every concert stage that they appear on.

Ticket price
R150 - R300
R300.00: Mezzanine

R250.00: Stalls rows A to L

R200.00: Stalls rows M to W

R150.00: Balcony
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Doors open
1 hour before
1 hour before start of show

3 h
3 hours, no interval
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