South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo Coming to Poughkeepsie

Ladysmith Black Mambazo brings its South African beats to the Hudson Valley on February 8. The Grammy Award winning all male a cappella group will take the stage at Bardavon 1869 Opera House for a Sunday matinee.


Joseph Shabalala assembled the group in 1964 and it has since toured the globe showcasing traditional rhythms and harmonies native to South Africa. The band won its first Grammy in 1988 for Best Folk Recording,“Shaka Zulu,” an album produced by Paul Simon. They have since won three more Grammys, including 2013’s Best World Music Album, and sang with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s stop in Poughkeepsie comes near the beginning of an extensive coast-to-coast tour of the United States. The group showcases isicathamiya music, which was developed by poor black miners in South Africa. LBM has been educating and wowing audiences across the globe for more than 50 years and are sure to do the same at the Bardavon Sunday.

Tickets for the show can be purchased here.