Win Tickets ($70): Grammy Award Winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Aladdin Theater | South African A Cappella Group

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Grammy Award Winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Aladdin Theater on January 29. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, January 23.


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January 29, 2017
Doors 6:30 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m. | $35 | All Ages

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

In 2014 Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the South African a cappella group formed by Joseph Shabalala during the 1960’s, was awarded their fourth Grammy Award for the CD Singing For Peace Around The World. Not just a CD title but a statement of the group’s career mission. It was Nelson Mandela who designated Ladysmith Black Mambazo “South Africa’s Cultural Ambassadors to the world.” It’s a title Ladysmith Black Mambazo holds quite dearly to their hearts. Nelson Mandela passed away just over a year ago and the group dedicated the Grammy Award to him. They have been celebrating Mandela’s message of peace at every concert they perform.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo returns to the USA for their annual celebration of South African culture and history. They will sing songs of Peace, Love & Harmony to the world as they have since their very beginnings.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a young farm boy turned factory worker. Ladysmith is the name of Joseph’s hometown, a small farming area between Durban and Johannesburg; Black being a reference to the oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo, the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. Their ability won so many awards that by the end of the 1960’s they were banned from competitions, although they were welcomed to participate as entertainers.

A radio broadcast in 1970 opened the door to their first record contract – the beginning of an ambitious discography that currently includes more than fifty recordings, fifteen Grammy Award nominations and those four Grammy Award statues. They are currently recording a follow up CD to the recent Grammy winner, titled Songs of Peace & Love for Kids & Parents Around The World. It is very important to the group that their message of peace be passed from generation to generation. By recording songs of peace that parents can teach their children, the group hopes to continue the message for decades to come. Their philosophy in the studio is as much about preservation of musical heritage as it is about entertainment.

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53 Responses to Win Tickets ($70): Grammy Award Winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Aladdin Theater | South African A Cappella Group

  1. Lizzie Keenan January 17, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    I grew up listening to Ladysmith. Would love to win tickets to see them live!

    • Maureen January 19, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

      Love Lady Smith Black Mambazo. A spiritual experience~

  2. Chris January 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

    This would be a fun show to see

  3. Mark January 17, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    Always been an inspiring group to me!

  4. Scott Hamilton January 17, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    This would be so cool!

  5. Jess H January 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm #

    They’re a fantastic group, and it would be great to take my son to see them and expose him to this beautiful part of our culture.

  6. Christy January 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

    What an amazing group! I’d love the opportunity to see them live!

  7. Pam Evans January 17, 2017 at 1:14 pm #

    Would Love to see them live!

  8. Mike Z January 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    I first learned about Ladysmith Black Mambazo in high school history class. I was amazed by their joy and uplifting music, despite the fact that they were still banned from performing in their native south Africa. Love their recorded music, and it would be a great joy to get to hear them live on January 29!

  9. Connie H. January 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    An incredible band at my favorite Portland venue … YES PLEASE! & Thank you.

  10. Kanna January 17, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    Would love to see this group live and to also bring along a young person and open up their musical horizons.

  11. Bogdan January 17, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

    Looked them up and it’d be a great act to see. Very entertaining.

    • Ray Egan January 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

      Would love to see/hear the South African equivalent of “Pentatoni/Capella Romana.”

  12. Cassi January 17, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    This would be absolutely fantastic! I would love to take my hardworking husband to this show!

  13. Stephanie McDonald January 17, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

    Me me me me pleeeeeeease! Such a huge fan of LBM and of the Pipeline!

  14. Majken January 17, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    If won I’ll take a refugee friend with.

  15. Susan January 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    It would be awesome to celebrate my wedding anniversary with LBM! I’ve been a fan for a long time!

  16. Bob January 17, 2017 at 4:36 pm #

    What a wonderful joyous noise !

  17. Jenny January 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

    Thank you for the chance to win tickets to such an inspiring show!

  18. Kelly January 17, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    I am South African but have never heard this group, I would love to go!

  19. Carla January 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    Amazing! Yes please!

  20. Aleks January 17, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

    I would enjoy this!

  21. Dave G. January 17, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

    Harmonies like heaven, but here on earth !

  22. Marci January 17, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

    What a wonderful experience this would be!

  23. Jen January 17, 2017 at 9:13 pm #

    I would love to take my daughter. I first listened to them in high school.

  24. Erin January 18, 2017 at 3:37 am #

    Mambazo!!! Hopefully that will “chop down” any rivals who may be trying to win these tickets, but in a completely peaceful way of course! ;) Love this group and their music… been grooving to them a lot lately to keep the winter yuck away. They are so uplifting and inspirational; really hoping to dance to them live at the Aladdin! Thank you PDX Pipeline!

  25. Cory January 18, 2017 at 8:03 am #


  26. Jen January 18, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    This would be an amazing experience! I’ve enjoyed LBM for many years and would love to cheer for them live!

  27. thea January 18, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to see then perform but always miss them!

  28. Kelly January 18, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

    Hava a friend that has been to Africa but has never been to a concert. This would be awesome

  29. Lois January 19, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    I’ve loved Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s music since they were introduced by Paul Simon to the world outside of South Africa. I hadn’t heard anything like that before and it led me to explore more music from all over the world.

  30. Matthew January 19, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    In times like these we can all use a message of peace & I’d love to take my wife to the show!

  31. dee January 19, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    I love these guys and this can be my birthday present!!

  32. Christopher Miller January 19, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    I’ve only seen them on tv before

  33. Karen C January 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    They had me at Peace, Love and Harmony!

  34. Eliz January 19, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

    Would sooooo love to go!!!

  35. April January 19, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

    This looks like a fantastic show.

  36. Jennifer January 19, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    I love their sound, it fills my whole body! I’d love tickets…. :)

  37. Jennifer January 19, 2017 at 7:50 pm #

    I love their sound, it fills my whole body! I’d love tickets…. :)

  38. mary b January 19, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

    Peace Love and Harmony to all. Love Lives Here,

  39. Diana January 19, 2017 at 10:38 pm #

    This show would be beyond beautiful! This music makes me super mindful and happy.

  40. Glenn January 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo, my body is starting to twitch as we speak!!

  41. JoVonne Mason January 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    In this current climate listening to this group would provide incentive & motivation to endure in a climate that is becoming increasingly dangerous!

  42. Carol January 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    I would simply enjoy listening to beautiful music. And what a change from what we usually get to experience. So nice!

  43. Ditty Nicolaides January 21, 2017 at 10:21 am #

    Sweet sounds are what we all need right now!

  44. Scott Pierce January 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    This will be a great show.

  45. shay January 22, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

    I think this would be a cool show to go watch. I like seeing unique forms of dance and music.

  46. Alicia January 22, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    Heck Yeah! With a Smile and a Wave…

  47. Diane January 22, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

    Awesome. Would love to go

  48. Bonnie Craigie January 22, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

    I’ve never had the opportunity before to hear this group live and would really like to introduce my 11. Year old daughter their music and mission.

  49. Izzy January 22, 2017 at 10:31 pm #

    But we’ve had these tickets for months… you love Ladysmith Black Mambazo!

  50. Mauraborealice January 24, 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    Beyond our ethnocentric horizons,This would be a treat!

  51. Lisa January 28, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    I think we should all win, they are so good! I would love to see them in person!

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