Music Knows No Boundaries

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the renowned South African a capella group, have championed a style of folk music called isicathamiya. This music was sung by black miners very early on Sunday mornings, after toiling in mines far from their homes. Since the fall of apartheid, South African culture has changed rapidly, but Ladysmith Black Mambazo remains dedicated to preserving this tradition. They are a national treasure of the new South Africa, in part because they embody the traditions suppressed in the old South Africa.

Joseph Shabalala began Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1964, and since then the group has become one of the most successful world music groups in history. They have been nominated for numerous Grammy awards and have won two. They've also had memorable collaborations with several recording artists, including Paul Simon and Michael Jackson. The group remains vehemently dedicated to raising the awareness of South African culture and supporting the musical education of South African children.

This week, we hear Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Music Knows No Boundaries, a sentiment the group epitomizes. Join Terrance as he invites us to shed our own musical boundaries. We hear a diverse program, featuring music from John Dowland to Conlon Nancarrow.


Hymn to a Great City
Arvo Part
Michael McHale, piano
Louth Contemporary Music Society 901

Volume Three: Study No.10
Conlon Nancarrow
Conlon Nancarrow, piano
OM 1012/15-2

Music Knows No Boundaries
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Heads Up 3083

The South Downs
Gavin Bryars
Sophie Harris, cello
Gavin Bryars, piano
Point 456514

Lefty's Elegy
Marc Mellits
Cristina Buciu, violin
Elizabeth Simkin, cello
Danny Tunnick, marimba
Dominic Frasca, guitar
Marc Mellits, keyboard
Black Box 1108

Shades of Blue
David Baker
Julius P. Williams, conductor
Prague Radio Orchestra
Troy/Albany 431

Eight Lines
Steve Reich
Ensemble Modern
RCA 66459

Stop Searching (Ne Nehledej)
Iva Bittova
Iva Bittova, voice and violin
Nonesuch 79455

Lachrimae coactae Pavan
John Dowland
Virgin 90795

Four Songs: Sleep now, The Daisies, Nocturne and Nuvoletta
Samuel Barber
Leontyne Price, soprano
Samuel Barber, piano
Bridge 9156

Suite for Violin and Piano
Henry Cowell
Mia Wu, viola
Cheryl Seltzer, piano
Naxos 559192

Gymnopedie No. 2
Erik Satie
English Chamber Orchestra
Nigel Kennedy, violin
Angel/EMI 56890