Review: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Friday, May 18
- Credit: Archant
Dynamic, energetic, euphoric and musically astounding.
That was what was on offer from South Africa’s cultural ambassadors.
The nine singers gave a masterclass with their voices along with high kicks, slick moves and super swerving hips.
They gave a wonderful 90 minutes of a cappella music with their trademark rhythmic swing and songs.
Their gorgeous harmonies filled the auditorium to a sold out audience on the first night of the Bury St Edmunds Festival.
It was the final date of the Durban-based group’s Europe and American tour which also included two of the founder members …. both in their 70s and 60s.
“Long Walk To Freedom”, dedicated to Nelson Mandella and celebrating 24 years of democracy in their country, was a great favourite along with “Women Are Beautiful”.
- 1 'Emotions are high' - McGreal on ugly scenes following Charlton loss
- 2 Suffolk bin collection changes this Christmas: All you need to know
- 3 First case of Omicron confirmed in Suffolk with 16 more suspected
- 4 Stu says: Five observations following Town's 2-0 loss at Charlton
- 5 Ex-Celtic boss Lennon linked with Town job
- 6 Fallen trees block Suffolk roads as Storm Barra batters region
- 7 A14 closed in both directions near Ipswich after four-vehicle crash
- 8 Body of man found in Saxmundham
- 9 Person dies in Ipswich house fire
- 10 Three suspected cases of Omicron at Bury St Edmunds schools
For over 50 years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have sung powerful, uplifting songs that emote the struggles and passion of South Africa.
And there was also much humour on offer on stage and they returned for a rapturous encore to sing “Amazing Grace”.