The voices behind 'Graceland' play HIC

A SOUTH African vocal ensemble best known for their work on Paul Simon's Graceland album will be showcasing their talent in Harrogate next month.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo's chorus of powerful harmonies emote the struggles and passion of South Africa. After they employed their music to celebrate the end of the apartheid era, Nelson Mandela publicly called the group "South Africa's cultural ambassadors" following his release from prison.

Ladysmith sings a cappella isicathamiya and mbube music – loud, powerful choruses which contrast with softer, almost whispering chants where voices blend harmoniously, combined with tightly-choreographed dance moves that keep the singers on their toes.

Their album Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu won a Grammy in the Best Traditional World Music category.

The support act will be UK talent Netsayi, whose new album Chosen Ones, released this summer, mixes her Zimbabwean roots with pop and folk.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo are at the Harrogate International centre on Friday, November 6. To book tickets, call 0845 130 8840 or visit the website