Ladysmith Black Mambazo announced at Ridgefield Playhouse, August 17

Discovered by Paul Simon during his trip to South Africa to collaborate with South African musicians during the recording of “Graceland”, Ladysmith Black Mambazo returns to the United States for their first post-COVID tour, performing at the Ridgefield Playhouse on August 17, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. as part of the HamletHub World Music Series.

The band has been warming hearts with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves and charming stage banter for 60+ years. After lending voice and inspiration to Paul Simonclassic album “Graceland” in 1987, the group was catapulted into international fame. Since then, they have garnered 19 GRAMMY nominations and 5 GRAMMY wins, with their latest album “Shaka Zulu Revisited” winning Best World Music Album of 2018. Make it a great night out with dinner and a show – visit TerraSole (3 Big Shop Lane, Ridgefield) and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine with your admission when you show your tickets. Media sponsor for this event is 90.7 WFUV. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to celebrate the universal message of love and peace with this legendary a capella group!

When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for his political opposition, Paul Simon traveled to South Africa to record “Graceland”. Looking to collaborate with South African musicians, Simon came across Ladysmith and the band’s frontman, Joseph Chabalala, since deceased. After sharing the band’s vocals on the album and selling 16 million records by 1986, the band rose to international fame and produced their own album (via Simon) in 1987 titled “Shaka Zulu” which won the band their first Grammy Award. After Mandala was liberated, he brought Ladysmith with him to the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and named them “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world”. With their music underpinning a timeless message of peace, love and harmony, each performance is a feast for the soul and the senses, proving beyond doubt that music is a universal language that unites us all.

For more information or to purchase a contactless print-at-home ticket ($55), go online at or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a nonprofit performing arts facility located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and accessible to all.

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