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South African legends Ladysmith Black Mambazo were winning music contests in their homeland long before Paul Simon brought them to global attention for their vocal work on Graceland. Since then, the group has traveled the world as ambassadors of South African music and traditional culture. They perform a music and dance style known as Isicathamiya, born in the mine camps of South Africa, where the indigenous population called themselves "tip toe guys" because their dances were developed to avoid attracting the attention of camp security guards. With over 40 albums to their credit and countless soundtrack appearances, it's impossible to underestimate Ladysmith Black Mambazo's impact on world music. See them live Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Carolina Theatre. Call 560-3030 for details. --Angie Carlson

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