Ladysmith Black Mambazo!

Bryan’s Christmas gift to me was  tickets to see LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle! We went last night, and just had a great time.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a male choral group from South Africa that sings in the a beautiful acoustic way with amazing harmonies, and beautfiul choreography. Ladysmith gained fame after singing with Paul Simon on his album, Graceland. At one point the group began singing a song called “Homeless,” at which point Bryan and I looked at each other, and held back tears. “Homeless” is  a song speaking about with struggle and suffering, the huff/grunts heard throughout the song depict a hard life with harder-than-normal labor.
Lyrics:

Homeless, homeless
Moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake
Homeless, homeless
Moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake
We are homeless, we are homeless
The moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake
And we are homeless, homeless, homeless
The moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake

Zio yami, zio yami, nhliziyo yami
Nhliziyo yami amakhaza asengi bulele
Nhliziyo yami, nhliziyo yami
Nhliziyo yami, angibulele amakhaza
Nhliziyo yami, nhliziyo yami
Nhliziyo yami somandla angibulele mama
Zio yami, nhliziyo yami
Nhliziyo yami, nhliziyo yami

Strong wind destroy our home
Many dead, tonight it could be you
Strong wind, strong wind
Many dead, tonight it could be you

And we are homeless, homeless
Moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake
Homeless, homeless
Moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake
Homeless, homeless
Moonlight sleeping on a midnight lake

Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih
Somebody sing hello, hello, hello
Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih
Somebody cry why, why, why?
Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih
Somebody sing hello, hello, hello
Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih
Somebody cry why, why, why?
Somebody say ih hih ih hih ih

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has conquered nations in its own way with a joyous and spiritually charged brand of vocal music and native choreography.

What an amazing night!

Thank you, my wonderful Husband!

One thought on “Ladysmith Black Mambazo!

  1. I liked when the main guy said “we are all homeless.” To him, that’s what the song was all about.

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