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Ladysmith Black Mambazo Comes To Kansas City


For more than forty years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of the native South African musical traditions. The ten member vocal ensemble has recorded forty albums and sold more than six million records.

First brought to the attention of international audiences through Paul Simon’s Graceland recording, their first US album Shaka Zulu won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has worked with numerous artists from around the work including Stevie Wonder, Ben Harper and George Clinton.

Friday during the final portion of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Mdletshe Albert Mazibuko about the group and their Tuesday performance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.


Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.