By on January 12, 2012

The 132 Minute. Thirty Track Ultimate Collection Includes Collaborations With
Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Josh Groban, Taj Mahal, Natalie Merchant,
Sarah McLachlan, Dolly Parton, Lou Rawls And Many More
Ladysmith Black Mambazo US Tour Begins Jan 15
Since their earliest days in the 1960s, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has shared the studio and stage with scores of artists from around the world, representing just about every possible musical genre. The South African a cappella gospel ensemble’s appearance on Paul Simon’s landmark Graceland album is probably the most widely-recognized of the group’s cross-cultural collaborations, but Simon’s 1986 Grammy-winning recording is merely the tip of a much larger iceberg. (Their most recent album, Songs From A Zulu Farm, received a GRAMMY® nomination by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) on November 30, 2011.) Over the years, the group has demonstrated its melodic, harmonic and rhythmic versatility in recordings with an array of artists representing folk, rock, pop, soul, country, classical, hip-hop and world music. In each case, they have taken the work of a great artist and made it even better.
The group assembled a two-disc set of recordings that capture Ladysmith Black Mambazo reaching across the cultural divide and joining hands with musicians from around the globe. Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends – set for release – TODAY – January 10, 2012 (as part of the Listen 2 Africa Series / Razor & Tie) contains 30 tracks featuring the world renowned South African group in collaboration with some of the most esteemed and influential recording artists, choirs and orchestras of the past several decades: Paul Simon, Lucky Dube, Emmylou Harris, Hugh Masekela, Natalie Merchant, The English Chamber Orchestra, Sarah McLachlan, Phoebe Snow, Taj Mahal and many more.
“For the past half-century, we have used our music to promote goodwill, cultural understanding and spiritual awakening throughout the world,” says Joseph Shabalala, founder of the group. “The fact that we’ve been able to perform and record with some of the most prominent musical voices representing so many different musical styles, so many different countries, so many different cultures, is proof of the unifying power of music. We’re very fortunate to have made so many good friends along the way, and we’re happy to have so many of these recordings with those friends gathered in a single collection.”

1.15.12 Winspear Opera House, Dallas TX
1.16.12 Fitzgerald’s, Houston TX
1.18.12 The Arts Center-Performance Hall, Brownsville TX
1.20.12 Jackson Auditorium, Seguin TX
1.21.12 Austin City Limits Live at The Moody, Austin TX
1.22.12 Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa OK
1.24.12 Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kansas City MO
1.26.12 Boulder Theatre, Boulder CO
1.27.12 Michael D Palm Theatre, Telluride CO
1.28.12 Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Durango CO
1.31.12 Lied Center for Performing Arts- University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE
2.1.12 Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton WI
2.3.12 Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago IL
2.4.12 Ramsey Auditorium, Batavia IL
2.7.12 Hartfield Hall Theatre, Terre Haute IN
2.8.12 Southern Theatre, Columbus OH
2.9.12 Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg WV
2.11.12 Strand Capital, York PA
2.12.12 Grand Opera House, Wilmington DE
2.13.12 Sellersville Theatre, Sellersville PA
2.14.12 Shenandoah University, Winchester VA
2.16.12 UTC Fine Arts Center, Chattanooga TN
2.17.12 George A. Batte Jr. Fine Arts Center, Wingate NC
2.18.12 Clayton Center, Clayton NC
2.19.12 Ritz Theatre, Jacksonville FL
2.21.12 Thalian Hall, Wilmington NC
2.22.12 Rams Head, Annapolis MD
2.24.12 Lewis Family Playhouse, Cucamonga CA
2.25.12 Anthology, San Diego CA
2.27.12 Veteran’s Hall, Grass Valley CA
2.28.12 Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz CA
3.1.12 Laxon Auditorium- California State University, Chico CA
3.2.12 Uptown Theatre, Napa CA
3.3.12 Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco CA
3.4.12 Cascade Theatre, Redding CA
3.6.12 The Port Theatre, Nanaimo BC, Canada
3.7.12 University Center Auditorium, Victoria BC, Canada
3.8.12 Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC, Canada
3.9.12 Kelowna Community Theatre, Kelowna BC, Canada
3.10.12 Meany Hall – University of Washington, Seattle WA
3.12.12 Barnes at Wolftrap, Vienna VA
3.13.12 Forbes Center for the Arts, Harrisonburg VA
3.15.12 FM Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Wilkes-Barre PA
3.16.12 Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington NY
3.17.12 Sanders Theatre- Harvard University, Cambridge MA
3.18.12 Hart Theatre- The Egg, Albany NY
3.19.12 BB Kings Blues Club, New York, NY
3.21.12 Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck NY
3.22.12 Soldier’s and Sailor’s Memorial Hall, Pittsburgh PA
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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.