South African a Cappella Group to Perform at Willamette University

Ladysmith Black MambazoLadysmith Black Mambazo, the South African a cappella group featured on Paul Simon's acclaimed "Graceland" album, will perform at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 in Smith Auditorium at Willamette University. The group will be featured at Willamette's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo will give a live performance of its latest album, "Long Walk to Freedom," a collection of 12 new recordings of the group's classic songs sung in Zulu and English. The album, released in January 2006, has received two Grammy Award nominations, for Best Contemporary World Music CD and Best Surround Sound Production.

The group, assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa by Joseph Shabalala, marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The new album features guest vocal performances from famous South African artists and from contemporary pop singers, including Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris, Natalie Merchant and Sarah McLachlan. For more information, visit

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