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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Thu 13 Oct 2022–Wed 02 Nov 2022

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Tickets purchased for original dates remain valid. Some venues may take a few days to reschedule; Southbank Centre tickets go onsale Tuesday 23 March 2021.

They come to York, Birmingham, Guildford, Bristol, Bexhill, Manchester, Edinburgh, Saffron Walden, Brighton, plus London shows at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Alexandra Palace Theatre, and Richmond Theatre. Stay tuned for more dates to be added.

Celebrating the life and music of founder Joseph Shabalala.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo are 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.

They shot to global stardom after featuring on Paul Simon’s 'Graceland', and have been touring the world ever since, and were re-united with Paul Simon a few years ago on the Graceland world tour.

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

For sixty years Ladysmith Black Mambazo have 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)

These performances 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 in harmony, and all his life he created great vocal music that came to speak to the whole world. 

Joseph retired in 2014 and handed leadership of Ladysmith Black Mambazo to his four sons Thulani, Msizi, Sibongiseni and Thamsanqa, who carry Joseph's song of a united South Africa into the future

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)

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)

Opening set from Cameroon-born Muntu Valdo - whose music is rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions with striking modernity and
technical mastery.

His mesmerizing solo set juxtaposes his raw, passionate voice and intensely emotive melodies, intricate African guitar lines with an ingenious use of loops and effects to create sun-kissed groove heavy Sawa Blues.

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Thu 13 October
Stage time / 8:00pm

Location

BRISTOL St. George's,
Great George Street, Off Park Street
BS1 5RR

Tickets

£25 - £39.50 + booking fee

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Fri 14 October
Stage time / 7:30pm

Location

GUILDFORD G-Live,
London Rd, Guildford GU1 2AA
GU1 2AA

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£29.50 - £39.50 + booking fee

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Sat 15 October
Stage time / 2:30pm

Location

LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall,
Belvedere Road
SE1 8 XX

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£29.50 - £39.50 + booking fee

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Sat 15 October
Stage time / 7:30pm

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LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall,
Belvedere Road
SE1 8 XX

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£29.50 - £39.50 + booking fee

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Sun 16 October
Door time / 7:00pm

Location

BRIGHTON Theatre Royal,
New Rd
BN1 1SD

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£29.40 - £39.40 + booking fee

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Thu 20 October
Door time / 7:00pm

Location

BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion,
Marina, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex
TN40 1DP

Tickets

£26 - £36 + booking fee

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Fri 21 October
Door time / 7:00pm

Location

LONDON Alexandra Palace Theatre,
Alexandra Palace Way
N22 7AY

Tickets

£28.75 - £39.75 + booking fee

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Sat 22 October
Stage time / 7:30pm

Location

SAFFRON WALDEN Saffron Hall,
Audley End Road
CB11 4UH

Tickets

£20 - £40 + booking fee

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Sun 23 October
Door time / 6:30pm

Location

RICHMOND Theatre,
The Green
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 1QJ

Tickets

£29.40 - £39.40 + booking fee

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Tue 25 October
Stage time / 7:30pm

Location

MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall,
Lower Mosley St
M2 3WS

Tickets

£28 - £38 + booking fee

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Thu 27 October
Stage time / 7:30pm

Location

BIRMINGHAM Town Hall,
Victoria Square
B3 3DQ

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£28 - £38 + booking fee

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Sat 29 October
Stage time / 7:30pm

Location

YORK Grand Opera House Theatre,
Clifford and Cumberland Street
YO1 9SW

Tickets

£29.50 + booking fee

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Tue 01 November
Stage time / 8:00pm

Location

DUBLIN National Concert Hall,
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2

Tickets

€29.50 - €47.50 + booking fee

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Wed 02 November
Door time / 6:30pm

Location

EDINBURGH Usher Hall,
Lothian Rd
EH1 2EA

Tickets

£27.50 - £37.50 + booking fee

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