Noted by Nelson Mandela as the South African cultural ambassadors of the world, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is pleased to welcome four-time Grammy winning choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Bicentennial Park!
Formed by Joseph Shabalala in the early 1960s, Ladysmith Black Mambazo was the result of a series of dreams Shabalala had that featured a choir singing in perfect harmony—and that’s exactly what they’ve done since. Over time, members of the all-male choral group have welcomed a younger generation in their mission to pass along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love and harmony to millions of people.
Collaborating in 1986 with Paul Simon for an album that has tallied over 16 million copies sold, Mambazo now has a series of international releases. Collaborating has become the norm for the South African singers, who can be heard in movies involving Disney, Michael Jackson and Eddie Murphy, television shows such as Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live, and on recordings of artists like Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Mavis Staples (Rhythm on the River 2014), Josh Groban and many more.
Grab your family, friends and dancing shoes for a star-lit night of unforgettable South African culture, right here in Columbus!
6:30 p.m.—Food and Beverage Sales Begin
8:00 p.m.—Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Rhythm on the River and Movies on the Mile are produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the generous support of the Scioto Mile Endowment Fund: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, ABC 6/ FOX 28, Rewind 103.5/104.3, Donatos, WCBE 90.5FM, Crowne Plaza-Columbus Downtown and Gateway Film Center