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Tuesday February 26, 2019

From Dayton Daily News

Ladysmith Black Mambazo bringing ‘a lot of happy music’ to Wittenberg
By: Brett Turner

‘What our music is about is staying strong, staying away from violence, being peaceful, telling a story of history,’ [Albert] Mazibuko said. Founded when apartheid upheld racial segregation in South Africa, the group’s name was inspired by its local heritage. Ladysmith is Shabalala’s hometown; Black refers to the black oxen, the strongest of farm animals in the area; and Mambazo being the Zulu word for chopping axe, a reference to the group’s vocal ability. ‘Joseph was always telling us stop the fighting,’ Mazibuko said. ‘Our music from the beginning was to inspire other ways of life.’

[…] ‘It’s a lot of happy music that will warm you up if you are cold and celebrate life,’ he said.

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