Presented by the Fairbanks Concert Association, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
performs at Hering Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.
Four-time Grammy Award winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo
(a talented and popular South African singing group) present Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around the World, an all-ages, family-friendly album brimming with positive, feel-good music and thoughtful civic messages.
In practice, however, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
and the former Royal Ballet and Rambert dancers prove a natural double act, their collaboration producing what is a harmonious and unique evening of theatre.
Choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo
have collaborated with award-winning choreographer Mark Baldwin and current and former members of the Royal Ballet and Rambert.
NINE singers from South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo
are onstage throughout the 70-minute Zulu ballet, Inala.
Among this year's programme highlights were stagings of The James Plays by Rona Munro, Inala featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo
, Pina Bausch's Sweet Mambo, Back to Back's Ganesh versus the Third Reich and a concert series at the Usher Hall.
Their collaboration Gnosis is based on an ancient story about a blind king whose wife blindfolds herself for life to share in his journey Other offerings include I AM, by New Zealand choreographer Lemi Ponifasio; Sweet Mambo, one of Pina Bausch's last works; and Rambert Dance Company director Mark Baldwin's Inala, to be performed alongside the South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Legendary all-male South African a capella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo
made a surprise showing to gave a stunning performance.
While each group had its strengths and introduces the audiences to a variety of vocal music, there was no doubt that Ladysmith Black Mambazo
was the crowd favourite.
Betty Craig, who was the event's assistant director during the 70s, was at the City Hall with Matt Vernon and John Quinn from the Beat Initiative to announce big names like Van Morrison, Buena Vista Social Club, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
and Ray Davies for the bash.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
got the biggest cheer guesting on Homeless and Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes.
It became the soundtrack to the lives of countless Americans and Europeans, selling 14 million copies, winning album of the year and song of the year Grammy Awards, turning acapella South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo
into superstars and bringing African music in general to a wider world.