Friday, April 13, 2012

L is for ... Ladysmith Black Mambazo

How's my mental health today?

Better than my hands and wrists. I had a mishap while riding my bicycle yesterday; the bike stopped faster than I did sending me flying over the handlebars. I managed a three point landing; my hands and chin. I spent 5 1/2 hours in the waiting room of an Urgent Care Centre before I learned that no bones were broken. I do have some major contusions, especially in my right hand and wrist which means that I will have to employ my left hand for a while. There was a good side to this experience - I had lots of time to read while I sat in that waiting room; and for contemplating the L theme for today's blog.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The first time I heard this group sing was in Paul Simon's Graceland concert (1997). Their unique sound, harmonies, and the joy they displayed while performing grabbed my attention.

Their music touches your heart if you let it.

The curious beauty of African music is that it uplifts even as it tells a sad tale. 
You may be poor, you may have only a ramshackle house, 
you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope.
~~ Nelson Mandela


  1. I love their music. Take care of your hand and wrist - it's a good way to get out the washing up though!

  2. Absolutely beautiful music! thanks for sharing! I loved The Lion sleeps Tonight. I'm currently reading a book based in Rwanda, so this music is perfect.
    Get well soon!

  3. I enjoyed their music when I heard it, but that was a time ago.
    Sorry about your accident. It is so hilly here that you could be struggling up a hill and then racing down one. Just remember to use the BACK brake more than the front.