Ladysmith Black Mambazo

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Grand Opera House York

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Sat 15 May 2021

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For sixty years Ladysmith Black Mambazo have sung powerful, uplifting songs that emote the struggles and passion of South Africa.

Grand Opera House York

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Sat 15 May 2021
Cumberland Street, York YO1 9SW
Doors open 19:00
Showtime
Sat at 19:30
For bookings of 10 or more please contact our group teams as below;
West End venues, Group Line 020 7206 1174 or email [email protected]
All other venues please call 020 7206 1179 or email [email protected]

Why go and see it?

Nelson Mandela called Ladysmith “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors”.

The group sing a cappella in a joyously energetic performance that combines loud powerful choruses with softer, almost whispering chants where voices blend harmoniously, and tightly choreographed dance moves. Featured on Paul Simon’s Graceland album, they have toured the world since, and were reunited with Paul Simon a few years ago in the Graceland world tour. For this tour, the group will be celebrating the life and music of their founder Joseph Shabalala.

Opening set from Cameroon-born Muntu Valdo - whose music is rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions with striking modernity and technical mastery. His mesmerizing solo set juxtaposes his raw, passionate voice and intensely emotive melodies, intricate African guitar lines with an ingenious use of loops and effects to create a sun-kissed groove, Sawa Blues - the title of his forthcoming album.

Truly great singing, balancing soulful ballads and traditional dance songs with exquisite and perfectly timed harmony work
- The Guardian
Gorgeous harmonies from the South African vocal ensemble, best known for their work with Paul Simon on Graceland. Though they sing entirely a cappella, their songs have a rhythmic spring, and their dance moves are light footed and elegant
- Daily Telegraph

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What the critics say

Their line-up has evolved... but the South Africans’ close knit harmonies are just as faultless as they were on Paul Simon’s Graceland, which, in 1986, brought them international fame
- The Telegraph

Grand Opera House York

Cumberland Street, York YO1 9SW
York Station
Monday to Saturday 12:00 until 16:00. Sundays: Closed.
On show days, service priority is given to 'today’s performance' sales and pre-paid collections. The box office remains open until 15 minutes after the start of the show. On Sundays or Bank Holidays we are open 1 hour before the start of the performance.
There are a range of bars to enjoy at the Grand Opera House at Stalls, Dress, Grand Circle levels as well as in the main Foyer.
Enjoy a VIP package for only £15 or a Grand package for £30 on top of your ticket price.

Not originally intended to be a theatre, the buildings that comprise the Grand Opera House York officially opened in 1902 with Little Red Riding Hood starring Florrie Ford. Since then it has been owned by FJ Butterworth, the Shepherd of Shambles and the India Pru Co. Ltd who spent £4,000,000 restoring the theatre to its former glory in 1987.

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Grand Opera House York

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Sat 15 May 2021
Cumberland Street, York YO1 9SW
Doors open 19:00
Showtime
Sat at 19:30
For bookings of 10 or more please contact our group teams as below;
West End venues, Group Line 020 7206 1174 or email [email protected]
All other venues please call 020 7206 1179 or email [email protected]