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Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Symphony Hall Birmingham

by Midlands Entertainment

On Thursday, 2nd June 2011, WinkBall video reporters Rosie and Chiara were at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham to speak to the eager concert goers who were there to see the Internationaly renowed all male choir group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a male choral group from South Africa that sings in the vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube. They rose to worldwide prominence as a result of singing with Paul Simon on his album, Graceland and have won multiple awards, including three Grammy Awards. They were formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1960 and later became one of South Africa's most prolific recording artists, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc honors. The group has now become a mobile academy, teaching people about South Africa and its culture. We spoke to public both before and after the performance to gage their reaction to this injection of African culture to the heart of Birmingham.

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