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Johnny Clegg, Ladysmith Black Mambazo at Van Wezel

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Johnny Clegg AP 2010

Johnny Clegg, known as the "White Zulu" performs a a song during a concert in Johannesburg Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. The concert was held to celebrate Clegg's 30 years in music. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

The South African male vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo shot to fame after being prominently featured on Paul Simon’s 1986 album “Graceland.” South African singer-songwriter Johnny Clegg, who rebelled against apartheid by forming two highly successful biracial bands dating back to the 1970s, doesn’t appear on Simon’s Grammy-winning album but his influence is all over the disc. Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs first Sunday at the Van Wezel followed with a set by Clegg, whose international hits include the title track he wrote and performed on his group Juluka’s classic1982 album “Scatterlings of Africa.” Basically, if you’re one of the millions of people who enjoy Simon’s “Graceland,” you don’t want to miss this show featuring two of South African’s most important music acts.

7 p.m. Sunday; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $35-$65; 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

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