Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event Time: 
$33 Seated, $21 Standing

Swarm and Pedal Power are thrilled to present Ladysmith Black Mambazo – just nominated for a Grammy Award for 2016 – who will play in Eugene at WOW Hall at 291 W. 8th Avenue on January 27, 2017. Doors will be at 7:00 pm. Music begins at 8:00 pm.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been nominated for Best World Music Album of 2016 for Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers. This award nod marks an incredible 17 Grammy Award nominations for the group – a South African a cappella group formed by Joseph Shabalala in the 60’s. In 2014, LBM received its fourth Grammy Award for their album, Singing for Peace Around the World. The album title is a statement of the group’s career mission. Inspired by the peaceful protests of civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Shabalala and Ladysmith Black Mambazo have always written songs of hope about a better tomorrow. For its work and importance, Nelson Mandela designated the group “South Africa’s Cultural Ambassadors to the world.”  Ladysmith Black Mambazo even accompanied Mandela to Oslo, Norway in 1993 to be present when he accepted his Noble Peace Prize.

After visiting South Africa in the mid-1980s, Paul Simon incorporated the group’s rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his landmark Graceland album, which introduced many millions of mainstream fans to world music. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with the biggest artists in the world, including Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge and many more. The group has provided vocals and songs for film soundtracks including The Lion King, Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America and the scores for movies starring James Earl Jones, Marlon Brando and Clint Eastwood. The group has even been nominated for Academy and Tony Awards.

For the January performance, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will return to Eugene, Oregon after a sold-out show in 2016.

Advance tickets are on sale now at or at the WOW Hall Box Office. Limited Seating is available. Tickets will be sold at the door if the event has not sold out.