Monday, January 09, 2012

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Winspear Opera House
8 p.m.
Sunday, January 15, 2012

The intricate rhythms and stirring harmonies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s SouthAfrican sound have captivated audiences for more than 40 years. Led by Joseph Shabalala, the group’s discography currently includes more than 50 recordings.

Borrowing heavily from a traditional music called “isicathamiya,” which was developedin the mines of South Africa, the group’s philosophy has always been as much about thepreservation of musical heritage as it is about entertainment.

The group has recordedwith numerous artists from around the world, including Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban,Dolly Parton, Ben Harper and many more. They have been featured on several motion picture sound tracks including Coming to America, Invictus, and Cry The Beloved
Country. In addition, they’ve performed for the Queen of England, South
African President Nelson Mandela, at two Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies, and at the 1996 summer Olympics.

To get in the spirit, I am going to dinner before at an Ethiopian restaurant.

Tickets can be purchased online at by phone at 214.880.0202, or inperson at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office at the Winspear Opera House,2403 Flora Street (Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 4 pm), or atthe remote Box Office at Park Place Lexus Plano at 1025 Preston Road.

About the AT&T Performing Arts Center

Open since October 2009, the AT&T Performing Arts Center is a vibrant destination for entertainmentin the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District. The Center presents a variety of programs, includingits Lexus Broadway Series, Brinker International Forum and, in association with TITAS, contemporarydance and music, and other performances.

The Center also provides performance space for The DallasOpera, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, inunparalleled venues set within a 10-acre urban park.

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