An enchanting ensemble consisting of 9 men escorted the audience across the shores to a land of lush, love, and lavish 3 part perfect harmony correlated with a message of peace. Ladysmith Black Mambazo - a multi-faceted chorale performed at the University of Southern California - Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday, February 26, 2008. Their message and delivery were as unique and gratifying as that unusually warm winter night.
The ensemble performed original songs from their homeland, Ladysmith a town nestled on the banks of the Klip River just south of Johannsburg in the district of KwaZula-Natal, South Africa.
The musicians expressed stories in song conveying music that spoke tenderly with synchronization, selection, serenity, and amity. They skillfully integrated dance steps that were fun and inviting. The charismatic choir asked for audience particpation from a number of people who enjoyed testing their artistic abilties on stage.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is named in part for their hometown. The second part of the group's name, Mambazo or "axe" in the Zulu language, " is symbolic of the group's ability to chop down competition".
Their beautiful melodies were a compilation of chants, cries, social justice, spiritual fragrance, soul, laughter, playful and teasing interaction all reflective of the unity in their music.
A few of the pieces performed were, "Homeless", "Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain", "No Boundaries", "Thula, Thula", and South Africa's Anthem, "Shosholoza". All soothing, poetically peaceful while thundering in the delivery.
The aspect that stood out most profoundly was the aura of peace presented throughout the auditorium.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo provided a night of delight and admiration as the audience traveled culturally to another kingdom without leaving the inner city. We also ascended in our hearts and minds to a beautiful place individually and collectively that surpassed the world's divisions and our own.
What an incredible escapade was touched upon by the artistry of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.