[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter a three months tour around the United States and Canada earlier this year, South Africa’s world-famous a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo stopped in Zürich for a truly amazing concert on May 9th, their first concert in Switzerland since their last appearance in the country at the Montreux Jazz Festival back in year 2000.
Imagine nine male singers on stage with beautiful deep strong voices, combining traditional Zulu songs with colorful gospel choir and typical African joy of life. The result is a magical breathtaking evening. The group performed in the fully booked concert hall at Kaufleuten right in the heart of the city of Zürich. Besides performing many songs from their latest album “Songs from a Zulu Farm”, they also played a lot of their older hits like Homeless and ended the concert with Shosholoza, often referred today as South Africa’s second national anthem. On stage in Zürich were Joseph Shabalala, Msizi Shabalala, Russel Mthembu, Abednego Mazibuko, Albert Mazibuko, Thulani Shabalala, Thamsanqa Shabalala, Sibongiseni Shabalala and Ngane Dlamini.
Video courtesy Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded in 1960 by Joseph Shabalala. The international breakthrough came nearly overnight when Paul Simon released his Graceland album in late 1986 where he collaborated with the group. The title Homeless was written during the visit of Paul Simon in South Africa. Ladysmith Black Mambazo won three Grammy Awards, 1988 in the category Best Traditional Folk Recording, 2005 and 2008 in the category Best Traditional World Music Album.
Neither words nor photos can describe the unique performance on stage of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Graceland, they will tour Europe with Paul Simon in July 2012, do not miss them if they should come to your region.
More photos of the concert in Zurich under www.pbase.com/tcom/ladysmith2012