Win Tickets ($76): Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Aladdin Theater | 5-Time Grammy Award Winners

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Aladdin Theater on March 26. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed March 18.


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Ladysmith Black Mambazo
March 26, 2024
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $38 | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Let us tell you a story. An impossible to believe, yet, true story. Once upon a time there was a teenage boy working on his family farm in apartheid South Africa. The year was 1960. This boy loved to sing, in fact he loved to sing so much that he allowed himself an impossible dream. In his dream he would create a group of singers, from his family members, to sing traditional South African songs. His group would perform all over South Africa and they would become the greatest music group his country would ever know. How could such a dream come to a young farm boy in a country rife with hardship, violence and trouble? Well, Joseph Shabalala was this young farm boy and his dream would become Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The year 2023 marks the 63rd anniversary of Joseph Shabalala forming Ladysmith Black Mambazo. His group would not only conquer all of South Africa, but would become a worldwide phenomenon, winning more GRAMMY Awards (Five), and receiving more GRAMMY Award nominations (Nineteen), than any World Music group in the history of recorded music.

During the dark years of South African Apartheid, Ladysmith Black Mambazo followed a path of peaceful protest through songs of hope and love. When Nelson Mandela was released from prison, in 1990, he said that Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s music was a powerful message of peace that he listened to while in jail. When Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1993, he asked the group to join him at the ceremony. It was Mandela who called Ladysmith Black Mambazo “South Africa’s Cultural Ambassadors to the World.”

The group sings a traditional music style called isicathamiya (Is-Cot-A-Mee-Ya), which developed in the mines of South Africa. It was there that black workers were taken to work far away from their homes and families. Poorly housed and paid, the mine workers would entertain themselves, after a six-day work week, by singing songs into the wee hours on Saturday night and Sunday. When the miners returned to their homes, this musical tradition returned with them.

In the mid-1980s, American singer/songwriter Paul Simon famously visited South Africa and incorporated the group’s rich harmonies into his renowned Graceland album – a landmark recording considered seminal in introducing World Music to mainstream audiences. This brought the group to the attention of music lovers all over the world, the beginning of a global musical career that shows no sign of ending.

After leading his group for over fifty years and approaching his seventy-fifth birthday, Joseph Shabalala retired in 2014, handing the leadership to his three sons, Thulani, Sibongiseni and Thamsanqa Shabalala. Having joined their father’s group in 1993, their many years of training had prepared them in ways no others could be trained. Now, carrying their father’s dream into the future, the Shabalala Family continues the group’s success for the world to hear.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is Thulani Shabalala, Sibongiseni Shabalala, Thamsanqa Shabalala, Msizi Shabalala, Albert Mazibuko, Abednego Mazibuko, Mfanafuthi Dlamini, Pius Shezi and Sabelo Mthembu.




  1. Danita on March 5, 2024 at 8:52 pm

    This looks like fun! I’d love a chance to see some Grammy artists live!

  2. Sherry on March 6, 2024 at 12:25 pm

    I absolutely LOVE LBM. Hope to win!

  3. Jim W. on March 7, 2024 at 2:35 pm

    Wow, that would be a great show. I hope you pick me!

  4. Maureen on March 7, 2024 at 2:51 pm

    My birthday is on March 26th and this would be a great way to celebrate!

  5. Valerie B on March 7, 2024 at 4:44 pm

    What a great show this will be!!

  6. Kevin Vo on March 7, 2024 at 6:40 pm

    Sounds like a good time!

  7. Pam on March 7, 2024 at 8:34 pm

    Would so love to see this show!

  8. Elfina Alongi on March 8, 2024 at 11:25 pm

    Truly amazing band I’ve always wanted to see!

  9. Tim on March 11, 2024 at 9:52 am

    Heard their music but have never seen them (video nor live). Sounds like a fun music event to see. Tickets would be appreciated!

  10. Cassandra on March 11, 2024 at 10:45 am

    Would love to see them!

  11. Brig on March 12, 2024 at 4:12 pm

    What a great venue for a killer group. Let’s Do It.

  12. Maggie on March 12, 2024 at 4:16 pm

    What we need right now is a powerful message of peace. Who better to experience it through than Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Thanks for the opportunity to see them and for The Aladdin Theater for continuously bringing them back!!

  13. Robin on March 12, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    Would love to see this show!

  14. Greg on March 12, 2024 at 5:11 pm

    Me win prize please

  15. Sharon Gary-Smith on March 12, 2024 at 5:29 pm

    I’m excited to imagine being able to be in that crowd grooving and applauding the joyous sense of being transported back to my African roots by the incomparable, imitated but never duplicated sound of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. They’ve never missed a beat or tradition.

  16. Mauraborealice on March 12, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    High energy good time! Yes, count me in!

  17. Deborah K. on March 12, 2024 at 5:52 pm

    Yes, please! I love this band.

  18. shen on March 12, 2024 at 7:56 pm

    I want to attend this!

  19. KtK on March 12, 2024 at 8:15 pm

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo – yes please! I’d enjoy going with a friend!

  20. Dee on March 13, 2024 at 6:41 am

    Would love to see them!

  21. Savanna on March 13, 2024 at 11:48 am

    This show looks awesome! I would love to see these WOMEN show how amazing they can be!

  22. Karl Michael Jacobson on March 13, 2024 at 11:49 am

    Yes, please, and thank you!

  23. Kate on March 13, 2024 at 8:27 pm

    It’s our 30th wedding anniversary, and our mutual admiration for this band is the only thing we still agree on after all these years 🙂

  24. Dave Taube on March 14, 2024 at 2:46 pm

    My wife and I lived on Maui in the early 1990’s. It was very rare for performers with big followings to come to Maui, but Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed at a local hotel. My in-laws happened to be visiting and were excited to babysit their newborn granddaughter, so we were able to attend the show. Fast forward 31 years and my wife and I would LOVE to see LBM again!

  25. Denise Windley on March 14, 2024 at 3:27 pm

    I used to listen to them on CDs, back in the day. Now online. I would love to experience their music in person!

  26. Pierre-Emmanuel on March 14, 2024 at 8:15 pm

    This would like a wonderful show which I hope I can attend 🙂

  27. Kefira LaValley on March 14, 2024 at 10:49 pm

    I grew up listening to them. They’re so good!

  28. Eileen on March 15, 2024 at 11:28 am

    I love Ladysmith & would live to hear them again!

  29. Glenn on March 15, 2024 at 7:29 pm

    A fantastic group, at a great venue, with another amazing giveaway from PDX Pipeline. Perfect combo for me to win!

  30. Marty on March 16, 2024 at 2:35 pm

    I’ve never seen them but would love to’

  31. Maggie on March 26, 2024 at 4:54 pm

    How cool

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