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Joyful Souls to share stage with Black Mambazo

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Blantyre-based accapella group Joyful Souls will share the stage with South Africa’s iconic group Ladysmith Black Mambazo during a concert to be held on August 29 at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.

The organisers Qoncept Creatives confirmed in a press statement that Joyful Souls have been brought on board to give a chance to them to expose their talent.

The firm’s Creative Director Q Malewezi said Joyful Souls was selected because they are a well known local accapella group.

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The firm has built its strong reputation on the ground as it has brought into the country several international acts including Uganda’s female stand-up comedian Anne Kansiime.

Malewezi said they want to do more in the creative industry and that bringing Black Mambazo is part of giving people a chance to watch one of the top groups.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo was formed in the early 1960s and carved a truly unique soulful African sound.

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From the time of its founding, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has maintained the philosophy of being as much about preservation of musical heritage as it is about entertainment.

“As usual the doors will open early during the show and Malawians should anticipate nothing but the best on the day. This will be a night to remember,” said Malewezi.

Over the years, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has received numerous accolades including two Grammy Awards, nominated for two other Grammys, as well as received an Academy Award nomination.

According to available information, the group’s music credits span decades with a discography of over 50 albums.

Their influence has led to their contributing soundtrack material for a number of films including The Lion King Part II, Coming to America, Marlon Brando’s A Dry White Season, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Cry The Beloved Country and Invictus.

The group has also worked with a number of artists notably, Paul Simon with whom Ladysmith Black Mambazo recorded his timeless Graceland album in the mid 1980s and then later, their first worldwide release, Shaka Zulu that earned them their first Grammy in 1988 for Best Folk Recording.

Other artists that Ladysmith Black Mambazo has worked with include Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, Melissa Etheridge among many others including recently with African legend, Salif Keita with whom they recorded a song, ‘United We Stand,’ in response to the recent xenophobic attacks in their home country, South Africa.

Malewezi said people should buy the tickets for the show which are available for sale at K15,000 for Standard and K25,000 for VIP.

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