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Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Concert

Posted by on October 2, 2011

This last Wednesday (September 28th), Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Sauti Sol performed a concert for approximately 1000 people in the Butterfly Park at Haller Park. The concert lasted about 3 hours and the setting was very beautiful. A lot of effort has obviously been done with the decor and stage set up. Coffee shops, bars and “restaurants” were set up on either side of the seating area to ensure that there was easy access to sustenance during the concert.

Apologies for the poor photographs. My cellphone camera does not work so well in the dark :P

The Music

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

If you do not know of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, they are 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 honours. The group has now become a mobile academy, teaching people about South Africa and its culture.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

They were good and saved their most popular pieces for the end of the concert, which had people out of their chairs and dancing up near the front of the stage. Therefore, one could say the best part of the show was the end :P

Sauti Sol

Sauti Sol is an award-winning, four-member Afro-fusion band from Nairobi, Kenya. Band members Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Chimano, Delvin Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno met in high school. They decided to do music professionally in 2005 after they finished high school. Their first single, Lazizi, was a massive hit and paved the way for other Afro-fusion musicians in Kenya. Their debut album, Mwanzo, which is Swahili for “beginning”, was released in August, 2009. Their sophomore album, Sol Filosofia, was released in February, 2011. The band has had successful tours in Europe as well as in Africa.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Poor Organisation

Unfortunately, the organisation left a lot to be desired and the catering was less than sufficient. The beer was depleted within an hour and the “tokens” used to buy drinks and food followed shortly. That only left hard spirits which ended up being useless without the soft-drinks. Most disappointing.

The food wasn’t very great either. Expensive as it was mass-produced, a heart-burning meal was all you got. The hamburgers were effectively flattened meatballs on dry buns. That should give you an idea of the general food quality.

It was unfortunate that the catering and planning had not been properly formulated. At least the chemical toilets were of a decent quality :P

Well, there’s not much more to this so cheerio!

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