‘Hills’ to come alive with sounds of Africa

     (AAPNW-TN) – With a so-far four decade history and noted for melding South African harmonies and rhythms with the sound and soul of gospel music, the Ladysmith Black Mambazo group will give one of their energetic and uplifting concerts at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Monday, March 14 at 7:00 pm.

     Their voices have been heard on the soundtrack of such films as, Disney’s “The Lion King”, “Coming to America”, “A Dry White Season” and “Cry the Beloved Country,” including they were instrumental in Paul Simon’s album, “Graceland.” They have also recorded with others as well as Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder Emmylou Harris. In addition to their Schermerhorn venue, volume one, “Songs From a Zulu Farm” is part of a trilogy of CDs set to be released, which relates to their life experiences.

     The group’s sound is based on traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), created by workers in the mines of South Africa, and their name was founded by combining director Joseph Shabalala’s hometown, Ladysmith; the color black, which symbolizes the strength of a black oxen; and the Zulu word mambazo, which means ax.

     For tickets, call 615.687.6400 or see www.NashvilleSymphony.org.

Published by on January 2011. Filed under Archives, Art-in-Performance Section, Art-to-Art Marketplace Guide. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed