Black Mambazo to perform at Arundel School


HARARE – Inimitable all-male South African a cappella group — Ladysmith Black Mambazo — are set for a memorable show in Zimbabwe during the Spring Strings event set for September 15.

Last year the Soweto String Quartet was the main act.

This is the second year that the event is taking place and it will be held at the Arundel School.

Speaking to the Daily News, Selina Gomo who is part of the organising team said their intention is to celebrate spring and art.

“We hope it is something that will put us in the spring mood. The other reason why we are having this event is to celebrate art and artistes. We will have local artistes performing at the event. Ladysmith Black Mambazo will be the main act for the event,” she said.

Other local artistes billed to perform include Dudu Manhenga, Drum Café, Mayek Dance Ensemble, Arundel Electric Orchestra, Prayersoul, Celebrate Children’s Orchestra of Zimbabwe, Emerald Hill Children’s Ensemble and others.

Last year it was held at the Raintree where locals such as Manhenga, Essence of Women and Friends, Dance Ensemble, Drum Cafe and Jazz Invitation performed.

“We will hold a workshop on September 14, whereby we will be talking with underprivileged people who are interested in music,” she said.

Spring Strings is an annual event that invites everyone to take a fresh look within Zimbabwe’s borders and celebrate the nation and its people.

Spring Strings is an event where families, friends have a chance to enjoy a picnic themed musical concert.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo sings in the vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube.

They rose to worldwide prominence as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his album, Graceland, and have won multiple awards, including three Grammy Awards.

Founded by Joseph Shabalala in 1960, the group later became one of South Africa’s most prolific recording artistes, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc honours.

The group has now become a mobile academy, teaching people about South Africa and its culture.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has maintained a respect and a reverence for their past.

Their songs include centuries-old stories of their homeland — sometimes joyous, sometimes troubled, but always rich and exhilarating — has been at the very foundation of this vocal group since its very beginning.

They have managed to add on to South African culture, enriching the lives of children and adding to the folklores they were told by their parents and grandparents.

Their albums include Amabutho, Imbongi, Umama Lo!, Isitimela, Ukukhanya Kwelanga, Amaqhawe, Ukusindiswa, Songs From A Zulu Farm and others.

According to their website, the group recreates the idyllic world in which they once lived and offer a glimpse of it to fans and audiences around the globe.

“These are songs from the earliest time in our lives. These are stories our fathers and mothers and other relatives shared with us, songs our grandparents sang. These songs represent an important memory of our early life.”

“When we sing these songs, we’re singing songs from our history. It is such a joy for us to put these stories and songs together for our fans to enjoy too,” said Shabalala.

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