Ladysmith Black Mambazo – UIC MUSIC MASTERCLASS FREE ADMISSION
Date / Time
November 18, 2019 - November 18, 2019
12:00 am - 3:30 pm
UIC School of Theatre and Music Masterclass featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Mon, Nov 18
UIC Theatre (L280)
1044 W. Harrison
UIC School of Theatre and Music is proud to present a special masterclass with the five-time Grammy-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo at UIC Theatre.
With a discography that currently includes over sixty albums, Ladysmith is considered South Africa’s most popular vocal ensemble. Ladysmith has collaborated and recorded with icons of American Pop music including, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris, and Melissa Etheridge. Their musical collaboration on Paul Simon’s album Graceland was culturally significant in introducing South African music to American Pop culture during the 1980s.
Ladysmith’s music derives from a South African traditional music
called isicathamiya (is-cot-a-ME-Ya). Isicathamiya music is often made up of mostly basses, several tenors and a lead vocalist. According to Joseph Shabalala, founder of Ladysmith, this music was historically sung by ”poorly housed and paid worse” Zulu migrant workers after a six-day workweek as a way to entertain themselves.
The sound of their music is harmonious, energetic and many critics agree it is a spiritual experience. The core mission of Ladysmith Black Mambazo is to spread love and peace around the world through their music.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo will also be featured in Steppenwolf Theatre’s upcoming production of Lindiwe written and co-directed by Eric Simonson.
This masterclass is free and open to UIC students, faculty and staff, and community on Monday, November 18 from 2pm-3:30pm at UIC Theatre.
Watch Ladysmith Black Mambazo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FclwRECHoWc
Learn more about Ladysmith Black Mambazo here: https://www.mambazo.com/our_story/
CTA Blue Line to UIC-Halsted. There are 3 exits from this platform. Take the far west exit with the long ramp (towards Morgan Street). There are also CTA buses (#7 and #60) that stop directly in front of our building.
UIC Theatre, once you exit the station, cross the street (Morgan) and head south/left towards Harrison Street. Turn west/right on Harrison Street. Continue walking until you see the UIC Theatre lobby entrance to your right.
Accessibility Entrance: Persons with disabilities should exit the station, cross the street (Morgan) and use the accessible building entry ramp on Morgan and Congress Parkway. Enter the ETMSW accessible building entrance, then take the elevator to the lower level and follow signs to the UIC Theatre lower lobby.
Main office in ETMSW, once you exit the station, cross the street (Morgan) and use the accessible building entry ramp on Morgan and Congress Parkway. Enter the ETMSW accessible building entrance, then take the elevator or stairs to the lower level. Go down the blue hallway all the way to the end. Room L017 is the last door on the right.
Parking is available for a flat fee of $13.00 ($9.00 after 3pm) on the weekdays and $9.00 on the weekends in the UIC Harrison Street Parking Structure (HRPS): 1100 W Harrison. Guests can pay as they enter with cash or credit card.
There is also an open-air parking lot (Lot 1B) on the corner of Racine and Harrison Street (enter on Harrison heading east). This is a variable rate parking lot but could be less expensive if you do not stay for more than 3.5 hours. Here is some more information on Parking. Scroll down to Variable Rate Parking Facilities.