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Music: South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo returns to Mount Baker Theatre

With the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway, the members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo are the undisputed kings of mbube, South African a cappella singing.

The ensemble returns to Bellingham at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

The group was featured on Paul Simon’s hit album, “Graceland,” which propelled them into the mainstream spotlight, and their 2013 album, “Live: Singing for Peace Around the World,” won a Grammy for Best World Music.

Their latest CD, “Always With Us,” is a tribute to the group’s matriarch, Nellie Shabalala, Joseph Shabalala’s wife, who died in 2002.

The collection of songs are recordings Nellie did with her church choir in 2001. Ladysmith Black Mambazo recorded their voices with Nellie’s songs in a beautiful tribute to her life and memory.

Tickets, $20 to $45, are at 360-734-6080 and mountbakertheatre.com

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