Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Muntu Valdo at the Barbican

The group sings a cappella in a joyously energetic performance

For over 40 years Ladysmith Black Mambazo has sung powerful, uplifting songs that emote the struggles and passion of South Africa. Nelson Mandela publicly called Ladysmith “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors”.

The group sings a cappella in a joyously energetic performance that combines loud powerful choruses with softer, almost whispering chants where voices blend harmoniously, and tightly-choreographed dance moves.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform with Muntu Valdo. Muntu’s music is rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions with striking modernity and technical mastery.

His mesmerising solo set juxtaposes his raw, passionate voice and intensely emotive melodies with an ingenious use of loops, samples and effects.

Financial Times wrote this about Muntu: “Using a box of tricks to double-track his guitar and voice live, he added layers of sound to create full-textured, soft songs about peace, love and Cameroonian witchcraft and charmed the audience.”

Muntu has played with some of the great names of African music including Ali Farka Touré and Manu Dibango and last autumn toured with Congolese superstars Staff Benda Bilili.

His first album “Gods & Devils” was described by NME as “a rapturous record that shudders with joy and passion.” His new album “The One & The Many” will come out before this tour.

Date: Monday 23rd May
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Barbican, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Box Office: 020 7638 8891
Tickets: £10-35 + bkg