South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazor founder, Shabalala, dies

Joseph Shabalala, who helped introduce the sound of traditional Zulu music to the world with his grammy-winning choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, has passed away.

He died on Tuesday morning, aged 78.

Mr Shabalala died in hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, the band’s manager, Xolani Majozi told South Africa’s local newspaper, Times Live.

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

He added that Mr Shabalala’s family would issue an official statement later in the day.

According to the Times Live, the musician’s health had deteriorated in the past few years, resulting in him retiring from the group in 2014. He handed over to his son,…

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