Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Freedom Hall on February 12 – SOLD OUT

We are very excited to have Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform at Freedom Hall on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3:00. For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving. Over the years, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love, and harmony  to millions. The newer members  have infused the group with their youthful energy and the promise of a bright future. The group’s founder Joseph Shabalala looks to these young men to carry on his dream to “keep South Africa alive in people’s hearts” for years to come.

The performance begins at 3:00. Tickets are $35 or $31 for season subscribers.

This performance is sponsored by Hammond Investment Management, LLC and J. Murray & Associates

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Freedom HallAbout Ladysmith Black Mambazo

According to Wikipedia, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a South African male choral group that sings in the vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube. They rose to worldwide prominence as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his 1986 album Graceland, and have won multiple awards, including four Grammy Awards. They were formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1960 and later became one of South Africa’s most prolific recording artists, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc honors. The group has now become a mobile academy, teaching people about South Africa and its culture.

Joseph Shabalala formed Ladysmith Black Mambazo because of a series of dreams he had in 1964, in which he heard certain isicathamiya harmonies (isicathamiya being the traditional music of the Zulu people). Following their local success at wedding ceremonies and other gatherings, Shabalala entered them into isicathamiya competitions. The group was described as ‘so good’ that they were eventually forbidden to enter the competitions, but welcomed to entertain at them. Although they had been recognised as an isicathamiya group in 1964, they had been singing together since the early 1950s. They released their first album, Amabutho, in 1973. The album, along with many other releases by the group, received gold disc certification. Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s collaboration with Paul Simon in 1986 paved the way for international releases.


Ladysmith Black Mambazo Videos


Paul Simon & Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Performing “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes”.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo/Mint Juleps

Performing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.


Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at Freedom Hall on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Tickets are available online, or you can call the box office at Freedom Hall 708.747.0580. Freedom Hall is located at 410 Lakewood Boulevard in Park Forest, Illinois. We’re just minutes away from Route 30 (Lincoln Highway) and I-57.




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