Lindsey Winship, Evening Standard
The sound of Ladysmith Black Mambazo is like a rich and fuzzy red sun setting over a horizon; the sound of heat on your skin and a smile on your face. And it’s the sound that inspired Royal Ballet dancer Pietra Mello-Pittman to mastermind Inala, a collaboration between the South African male-voice choir, composer Ella Spira and a group of ballet and contemporary dancers.
Spira adds tinkling piano and chimes to lighten (and possibly dilute) Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s tones, in a series of songs which the dancers decorate. (The singers too show off some slick moves.) Rambert’s Mark Baldwin provides the choreography: classically infused, long-legged shapes with a tribally rhythmic edge.