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Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Perform With the Princeton University Glee Club on Feb. 20

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Photo By Shane Doyle.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Photo By Shane Doyle.

Four-time Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform alongside the Princeton University Glee Club at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 in Alexander Hall at Princeton University.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is celebrated as one of the finest a cappella groups in the world. Proclaimed by The Guardian as “one of the most revered singing groups on the earth,” the group has served as an ambassador for South African musical culture for over fifty years.

Although they have collaborated with the greatest stars of the music world, from Stevie Wonder to Dolly Parton and Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is always eager to collaborate with young people.

Joseph Shabalala, the founder of the group, hopes the music they sing will continue to “keep South Africa alive in people’s hearts” generation after generation. Over the many years, the ensemble has welcomed younger members in order to continue passing on their stories and calls for peace, love and harmony to audiences all over the world.

After performing their classics, the group will hand the stage over to the Princeton University Glee Club. The students will share highlights from the Glee Club’s recent tour of South Africa including “Imfundo” (Education), a new work written for the Glee Club by the South African composer, singer, and dancer Sbongiseni Duma. The performance will be a culmination of the Glee Club’s work with Duma and a special workshop with members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Tickets for the event are $15, and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 609-258-9220, online at tickets.princeton.edu, or at the Frist Campus Center Box Office.

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