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Ladysmith Black Mambazo 

When: Thu., Feb. 28, 8 p.m. 2008
Price: $49.50

Sometime in the very early 1960s, Joseph Shabalala had a dream -- not in the wishful sense, but literally, while he was sleeping. That vision led to the creation of South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the revered male choral group he has led for more than four decades. Shabalala's group has seen many successes, including selling millions of records, receiving two Grammy Awards, accompanying Nelson Mandela to Norway for his Nobel Peace Prize, and perhaps biggest of all, starring on Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland. Even today the group shows no signs of aging, having just released its sixth record this decade. Shabalala, conversely, has begun transferring leadership to one of his four sons in the band: 26-year-old Thamsanqa "Tommy" Shabalala, who will assume the lead when his father retires later this year. A transitional Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs at the Palace of Fine Arts (3301 Lyon St., San Francisco) on Thursday, Feb. 28. 8 p.m., $49.50.

— Nate Seltenrich


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