The world renowned South African male vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo headlines this Sunday’s Black History Month Concert, “Songs of Resistance: Protest Music and Dance from Around the World,” February 21 at 3 p.m. in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. This year’s concert explores music that has inspired, motivated and brought together individuals to fight injustice, to rally around a cause or to demand a better life.
The concert also features Hofstra Music Department ensembles — the Chamber Singers, the Symphony Orchestra and smaller jazz groups — who will join student dancers, the Hofstra poetry club SP!T and the Hempstead High School Select Ensemble to help anchor this year’s concert. Hofstra student actor Tunisia Seda will guide the audience through a historical narrative of protest music from around the world.
Founded by Joseph Shabalala over 50 years ago from a group of factory workers, Ladysmith Black Mambazo first conquered the South African musical scene, and then erupted onto the world stage when they were featured on Paul Simon’s 1986 Graceland album. As pioneers in the world music movement, Ladysmith Black Mambazo embodies the spirit of music rising from humble origins to touch a worldwide audience.
Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. Students under 16 receive one free ticket. Group rates are available. Members of the Hofstra community receive two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. For tickets and more information, visit HofstraTickets.com or call the Hofstra Box Office at (516) 463-6644, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
This concert is sponsored by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Hofstra Music Department, and funded in part by the D’Addario Community Music Appreciation Initiative, a multi-faceted program designed to increase knowledge and appreciation for all types of music among a broad range of young people.