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“… pure and uplifting…” – Paste magazine

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has an illustrious history going back five decades. Formed in the early ’60s, the South African a cappella group initially won so many singing competitions that they were no longer allowed to compete. Today, fifty years and fifty albums later, the group is dedicated to making sure that young South Africans don’t lose sight of isicathamiya, the traditional Zulu style featuring gorgeous voices, mouth percussion and cascading melodies accompanied by graceful choreography. They have been nominated for a stunning 13 Grammy Awards and won three, becoming a truly global phenomenon that has come to be synonymous with “world” music. Their new album, Always With Us, is a tribute to the late wife of leader Joseph Shabalala, family matriarch Nellie Shabalala, who passed in 2002. The CD contains recordings Nellie made with her church choir, to which the group added their soaring voices in tribute to Nellie’s life and memory.

Friday, March 13th
At the Rio Theatre
$45/Gold Circle Section  $30/General Admission  (admission tax and service charge additional)
(Gold Circle Section – First 10 rows)
No Comp Tix
Doors: 6:30 PM
Co-sponsored by Good Times / SantaCruz.com


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The Cookers on Kuumbwa’s 40th Anniversary

Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson and Billy Hart of The Cookers share stories, memories and thoughts on the importance and spirit of Kuumbwa Jazz, celebrating 40 years of creativity in 2015.

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Kuumbwa named in 150 Top Jazz Rooms

Kuumbwa Jazz once again named one of the worlds top jazz venues by DownBeat Magazine.

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Jan/Feb Concerts Announced

Kuumbwa Jazz is excited to open up our 2015 concert season with a world-class quality sound system upgrade to the venue. We will be closed the first few weeks in January, however, we think the wait will be worth it. Prepare yourselves for an amazing audio treat upon your next visit to Kuumbwa Jazz in 2015 as we celebrate 40 amazing years. Many thanks to our wonderful donors who contributed to this campaign keeping us the best sounding venue in the West! Check out our January/February concert schedule at: http://kuumbwajazz.org/calendar/2015-01/

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On Sale Now: Tommy Emmanuel

Two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel returns to the Rio Theatre on February 8, 2015. Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. He sold out the Rio Theatre on his last visit to Santa Cruz. Don’t miss out! Tickets make great holiday gifts!

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