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Ladysmith Black Mambazo Comes to UIC to Educate, Entertain

University of Illinois at Chicago acting student Richard Cantu didn’t hesitate as members of the five-time Grammy-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo called audience members onto the UIC Theatre stage to join them to sing and take part in learning Zulu dances.

The internationally known South African group was at UIC on Monday to offer a nearly two-hour master class to Cantu and other music and theatre students.

“They were amazing; I thought they were incredibly talented, and it was very gracious for them to come and share their gift with us,” said Cantu, a third-year student who joined other UIC students on stage. “The way they incorporated the audience was a lot of fun. Anytime I get the chance to go up and perform in front of people is a great opportunity.”

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