Ladysmith Black Mambazo rare appearance in Botswana

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Bakang Mhaladi

Gaborone - World renowned South African acapella group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will make the trip to Gaborone for a one-off show next month.

Black Mambazo are a 'rare gem' and hardly tour the region, with most of their shows overseas.

They are currently in the middle of a European tour, which will see them perform in Finland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium.

However, they return to Botswana after a four-year absence, with a one off performance at the University of Botswana Indoor Sports Facility on May 31.

They will perform alongside local group, Sereetsi and the Natives and Mpho Sebina.

"Blessed to share the stage with the awesome Mpho Sebina and the Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo," band leader, Tomeletso Sereetsi wrote on the group's Facebook page this week.

Black Mambazo fans immediately reacted with joy on the impending visit of a group that has enjoyed unparalleled success in the isicathamiya genre.

"I wish they sing ‘Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes’," one fan reacted.

Dubbed 'A Night with Ladysmith Black Mambazo', the organisers said the show is a charity event meant to assist victims of gender-based violence.

"A Night with Ladysmith Black Mambazo (is meant) to benefit survivors of gender-based violence. Not only will it be a chance to provide financial aid, but it will also be a chance to give the nation a chance to be involved in the cause in any way possible," the organisers said.

Black Mambazo, which originates from Ladysmith in KwaZulu Natal, has produced countless top hits that include ‘Homeless’, ‘Imbube’, ‘Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes’, ‘Inkanyezi Nezazi’ and ‘Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rain’.

They have collaborated with international artists, including Paul Simon, on the Graceland Tour, China Black, Dolly Parton and PJ Powers.

The high profile visit of Black Mambazo will not come cheap. The cheapest, which are tier one tickets, sell for P400, while tier two tickets go for P700. A floor table of 10 costs P10,000 with table service.

Black Mambazo's last visit to Botswana was in 2015 when they performed at the Gaborone International Jazz Festival.

Meanwhile, Sereetsi and the Natives and Sebina will get another opportunity to share the stage with an internationally acclaimed group.

The Natives have already shared the stage with Jonathan Butler and Oliver Mtukudzi, among others.

Sebina has performed across the continent and his latest album, ‘Neo’, contains soul hits such as ‘No Evil’ and ‘Black Butterfly’

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