For over 30 years, the story of Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been just as much about physicality and choreography as it has been about brilliant vocal harmonies. For this Grammy-winning a cappella group that merges South African music and dance traditions with Christian messages of compassion, love and global harmony, the music alone is only half the story. Simply put, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has to be seen to be understood.
Heads Up offers a visual glimpse of these icons of South African music and dance with Ladysmith Black Mambazo Live!. Recorded in Akron, Ohio, in 2008, the DVD captures not only fourteen songs performed on the stage of EJ Thomas Hall at the University of Akron, but also forty minutes of in-depth interviews with founder, leader and musical director Joseph Shabalala and other members of the group.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Live! will be released on January 27 on Heads Up.