On the Beat: South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mombazo heads to Iowa City this Tuesday

Ladysmith Black Mombazo
Ladysmith Black Mombazo head to the Englert Theatre this week. — photo via Ladysmith Black Mombazo

Ladysmith Black Mombazo

Englert Theatre — Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ($25-35)

Ladysmith Black Mombazo (LBM) is a band that is well-known throughout the globe, and come this Tuesday, they’ll be in Iowa City. Having existed for 50+ years, they might be best known for assisting Paul Simon in recording his seminal album Graceland, which merged South African rhythms with his considerate songwriting. This collaboration launched LBM into the global consciousness, a space from which they have never left. A four-time Grammy award winner, LBM has been able to spread the message of peace and unity as well as the history of South Africa across the globe.

Ladysmith Black Mombazo’s chosen form is isicathamiya, which is a form of a capella music. This traditional form of South African music is blended with Christian gospel music. While some of their music does speak to Christian themes, much of it speak to the humanity that we all share, advocating for a more peaceful world.

In addition to their own music, Ladysmith Black Mombazo has a grasp of popular secular music as well. They have covers of songs from artists such as Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers into their sets. While it can be a questionable move for a band to do covers, these songs only help to better connect Ladysmith Black Mombazo into the global music community, making their presence and message even more vital. This show should have plenty for those that are fans of world music, especially African music.

Bookmark this event and others on the Best of IC app for iOS and Android.

Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV »



Summer Programs 2020

Get 150+ local restaurants delivered to your door in the Iowa City & Cedar Rapids areas!


New Year, New Career!

Free Help Desk & Systems Admin Education available to Iowans impacted by COVID.

Sign Up Today


Apply for a seat on the Human Rights Commission

Apply Today

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.


$10/mo or $120/year
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.


$20/mo or $240/year
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.


$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW) connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.


Randy's Flooring is a local, employee-owned retailed that has been part of the Corridor for over 40 years, delivering quality and value through the largest selection of carpet, tile, hardwood, window treatments, and specialty products supported by the knowledgeable staff and in-house flooring designers who can help transform residential and commercial spaces.

Get Started