Ladysmith Black Mambazo play tonight at Seattle's Neptune Theater. Like many, I first hear this South African vocal group in 1986 on Paul Simon's Graceland album. I first saw them perform in a college gymnasium a few years later, and was blown away by their tight harmonies, high-kicking dance moves, and their general air of positivity, particularly given what black South Africans had been enduring in recent decades.
The Grammy-winning band is still going strong, under the leadership of Thamsanqa (Tommy) Shabalala, son of founder Joseph Shabalala. Tonight's your chance to hear them in person (and in Portland March 7).