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Image of band leader and band singing
Group image by Chad Rachman

The founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo Joseph Shabalala has died. He has passed today, Tuesday,  in Pretoria, South Africa. The band's manager Xolani Majozi said that the 78-year-old was suffering from complications from a spinal surgery that left him wheelchair-bound.

Shabalala was born August 28, 1941 in Ladysmith, South Africa, and was well known for his unique and stirring vocals. The group has won five Grammy awards and traveled the world, putting South Africa’s music scene on the map in an innovative way. Shabalala formed the band in 1960 and led it for more than 50 years.

Explore Asheville Arena at The US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC is welcoming the bold, feel-good, electro-funk band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, December 31, 2019. They'll be in western North Carolina at the downtown venue celebrating New Year's Eve! All you have to do is look at the image, reminiscent of Cheech in Earache My Eye, to  know you're in for a wild ride - a guaranteed high energy show! Tell your friends, make a date, give tickets as Christmas gifts to your coolest family members and fellow Pigeon fans!

Female band members and DJ standing in front of WNCW sign
Vicki Dameron

Join Local Color Host Renee Denton for a Studio B Session, Monday, July 23rd, with the Asheville Indie Duo, TINA AND HER PONY. These classically trained musicians share signature sounds of delicate, haunting harmony and exposed instrumentation on the cello, tenor ukulele and acoustic guitar. They're inspired by artists like Doc Watson, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Nick Drake, as well as Appalachian musicians such as Loretta Lynn, The Carter family, Elvis Presley, Radiohead, Russian composers and yes... Johnny Cash! This is gonna be a good one.