Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Grand Performances presents this fantastic group in concert.

Friday, July 15, 2005
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
California Plaza
Grand Performances in Downtown Los Angeles
350 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Info about Ladysmith Black Mambazo from the Grand Performances website:
Over the years this 10-man ensemble released over 40 recordings including seminal work on Paul Simon's Graceland. The Grammy award winning group from the town of Ladysmith, outside Durban, South Africa, has managed to survive, thrive, and even outlive the dark days of South African apartheid. The acapella group blends elements of traditional Zulu music (called isicathamiya) with mesmerizing dance moves. Join us for an evening of wondrous, melodic music and dance. 

Grand Performances:
Grand Performances presents free performing arts that reflect the best of global culture and inspire community among the diverse peoples of Los Angeles.

Grand Performances (GP) is Southern California's largest presenter of free performing arts programs and a landmark nonprofit arts institution established with a primary focus on bringing together the diverse peoples of Los Angeles, in unique settings, for concerts celebrating the cultural contributions of our community's peoples.

Over the last 18 years it has developed an unmatched history of working with artists of importance to Los Angeles' many communities in order to share their work with all the people of the region. Music, dance, theatre and even film have been presented to audiences that have numbered as high as 6,500 people. Grand Performances is proud that the program has been called "too good to be free" and "the urban experiment that works." It is also proud to have been told that it has the most diverse audience in the country.

Based at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles' new financial district, Grand Performances was created as part of an initiative developed by the City's Community Redevelopment Agency to insure that artists and other citizens of Los Angeles who had not been able to participate fully in the cultural life of the community would have access to a "world class" venue and program. The City wanted this program centered in the one part of Los Angeles that belongs to all communities and that is the recognized center of government, business and culture.

Beginning in 1986 with a few lunch hour concerts, the current program has grown to include an evening and weekend series, festivals, commissioned choreographies and extended theatrical runs each year from late June through the end of October. All 40-plus summer events are presented free to the public.


Parking: 300-350 S. GRAND AVENUE, LA -- California Plaza garage parking $8 after 5pm on weekdays and all day Saturdays and Sundays. Garage is best accessed from Olive Street between 1st and 4th Streets. We suggest carpooling whenever possible. Some street parking may be available.

Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available for $8.

Grand PerformancesConcertline: 213.687.2159; also more info: 213.687.2190

Sponsor(s): , Grand Performances. Information on non-ASC events is for informational purposes and does not reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies Center personnel.