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Friday February 17, 2017

From The Gainesville Sun

Ladysmith Black Mambazo brings famed sound to the Phillips Center Tuesday
By: Tyler Francischine

When dialogue and diplomacy fail, only the universal language of music remains to unite the masses.

For more than four decades, the South African a cappella ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo has spread its mission of peace, unity and freedom throughout the globe. That’s why Nelson Mandela called them South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world.

Four-time Grammy Award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo will spread the good word Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Albert Mazibuko, member of Ladysmith since 1969, says audiences are in for an ecstatic experience.

“It’s a lot of celebrating through singing, dancing and uplifting,” he says.

According to Mazibuko, Ladysmith’s mission since its inception in 1960 has been to spread peace, love and harmony through song.

“The world is in trouble,” he says. “It’s important to spread this mission and to encourage people to work together. This is the time for people to stand up and be strong, so our next generation will say, our parents did their best.”

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