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Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala dies at age 78


Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala dies at age 78


The world-renowned founder of music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Professor Joseph Shabalala, 78, has passed away on Tuesday morning at a hospital in Pretoria.

Shabalala was battling with his health since his retirement from the multi-Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo group.

The group manager Xolani Majozi confirmed to TshisaLIVE:

“Yes it’s true. Mr Shabalala passed on this morning. The group (Ladysmith Black Mambazo) is on tour in the US, but they have been informed and are devastated because the group is family.”

The isicathamiya musician, Shabalala retired from the group in 2014, while his youngest son Thamsanqa took over as leader of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.



The group marks 60 years of existence this year and has achieved collaborations with musicians such as Paul Simon and Dolly Parton.

Tributes are pouring in on social media and the South African government has extended its condolences:





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