Tickets available for March 19, 2011
Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s recent release, Songs From A Zulu Farm (February 2011), is the group’s most personal work to date. “These are songs from the earliest time in our lives,” says Shabalala. “These are stories our fathers and mothers and other relatives shared with us, songs our grandparents sang. We have changed them somewhat and/or added extra harmonies and lyrics, but overall these songs represent an important memory of our early life. When we sing these songs, we’re singing songs from our history.”
Be There! Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 8pm
Two years ago I wrote about Shona and I seeing Ladysmith Black Mambazo when the sisters got together in New York City. At the time I said,
“Long Walk To Freedom
Please forgive us for posting an item without even an invented Barbados connection, but Shona and I saw Ladysmith Black Mambazo a few years ago when we were visiting some relatives in New York City – and we wish we could be there this year for their upcoming March concert.
How is it that music can transcend thought and intellect so easily?
I am not African. I am not British. I AM BAJAN…
… but the last time I listened to Ladysmith Black Mambazo live, tears fell for a homeland I have never known.”
… from BFP’s February 13, 2007 article South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo Returning
We just received an email from the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts that Ladysmith Black Mambazo is returning for the 2011 schedule so we have lots of time to plan and save. I can’t predict what’s going to happen next week let alone next March, but I think Shona and I will try to make it to New York City next year. (brrrrr!)