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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Channeling traditional, African vocal styles such as isicathamiya and mbube, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a male choral group that will not only challenge your preconceptions about world music, but will also have you grooving to something new. The name itself may not sound familiar, but they’ve been around since the ’ 60s, pumping out memorable versions of tracks like “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and “Hello My Baby.” Featuring nine members, five of whom are related (Shabalalas), the group blend their vocals together in a beautiful patchwork of traditional pipes. This is a rare opportunity, so be sure you check them out.

 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo sings at 7:30pm Saturday, March 9, at The Shedd; $28-$38.