Ladysmith Black Mambazo: "palpable, irrepressible, fitting joy"

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Thursday February 05, 2015

The storied four-Grammy-winning a cappella outfit (the African counterpart term is isicathamiya), whose origins go back 55 years to founder Joseph Shabalala’s first artistic stirrings in their South African township of Ladysmith, certainly weave their voices to enthralling effect. And the vocal magic is often accentuated with deftly coordinated steps and shimmies in matching white shoes. But every member gets repeated chances to come forth and get down in his own way, from the oldest to the ebullient young Babuyile Shabalala, the founder’s high-kicking grandson and first third-generation Black Mambazo member.

To read more by David R. Stampone in The Philadelphia Inquirer click here