| Ladysmith Black Mambazo |
Although Ladysmith reached most Western ears through Simon's groundbreaking 1986 album, Graceland, by that point its members had already been singing together for more than 20 years. Formed in 1964 by singer Joseph Shabalala, the group earned a record deal in 1970, and became recognized as the finest practitioners of "township jive," a vocal harmony style developed by laborers in South African mines.
Simon's use of South African musicians and rhythms stirred controversy at the time, because some saw it as cultural imperialism in the guise of creative curiosity. But one of Graceland's greatest achievements is the way it put Ladysmith on a worldwide stage.
| LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO |
Thursday, October 23
711 Stadium Drive