They Are More Than Just a Mean Girls Reference: Ladysmith Black Mambazo Comes to Dallas
Revered South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo visits Dallas on Thursday, August 16th for a celebration of love, peace, and harmony at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo sings from a traditional music called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa. It was there that black workers were taken by rail to work far away from their homes and families. Poorly housed and paid worse, the mine workers would entertain themselves after a six-day week by singing songs into the wee hours on Sunday morning. When the miners returned to the homelands, this musical tradition returned with them.
During the 1970s Ladysmith Black Mambazo established themselves as the most successful singing group in South Africa. In the mid-1980s, American singer/songwriter Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated the group’s rich harmonies into the famous Graceland album (1986), a landmark recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences.
In addition to their work with Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge, and many others. They have provided music for many movies, and have appeared on Broadway, where they were nominated for a Tony Award and even had a documentary film, titled On Tip Toe: Gentle Steps to Freedom, the Story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, nominated for an Academy Award.
The event promises to unite audiences with messages of love and understanding. Experience this famous feel-good event with family and friends.
At McCallum Communities, the premier apartments in Dallas, Texas, we believe it’s important to integrate yourself into the community, which is why we suggest attending this event. Meeting new people, having unfamiliar experiences, and joining neighborhood activities is the key to an exceptional lifestyle.
Thursday, August 16, 2018 — 7:30 PM
Event Venue Location:
Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201