Posts Tagged ‘ladysmith black mambazo’

I admit to being nervous about writing a review of Ladysmith Black Mambazo (LBM). I enjoy a dip into isicathamiya but I’m more of a jazz guy. True, they’re on the Jazz Festival but LBM aren’t jazz, although some of their harmonies are reminiscent of a big band sax section, and their Zulu roots are also the roots of many South African jazzmen.

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Ticket sales figures are up from last year by an overall figure of 6% in comparison to the first four days of 2010. “With seven sales days to go, the combined Main and Fringe attendance is up firmly over both the 2010 and 2009 figures,” Festival CEO Tony Lankester said. “It is interesting that the overall figure is being driven by extremely strong sales for Main productions, which have leapt about 50% since last year,” said Lankester.

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Six tenors, two baritones and one bass form the Cape Town-based a cappella, all male vocal group D-Seven. These fresh-faced young men had their teenybopper fans screeching with delight and older audience members smiling appreciatively during this fun-packed hour.

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