Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder has died

Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder has died

The Legendary iscathamiya singer and founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo Joseph shabalala have passed away.

Joseph Shabalala died at the age of 79 after a long illness at Eugune Marais Hospital in Pretoria on the 11th of February 2020 Tuesday morning.

Xolani Mazozi, the manager of Ladysmith Black Mamabazo was the one who confirmed his death, Majozi reported to Sowetan Live that Shabalala’s wife was with him when he took his last breath.

He gave full details that the iconic singer was in hospital since 2019

“Bab’ Shabalala was a legend of this lifetime, and it will take time to raise a person of his caliber. His is the greatest loss to the entertainment industry and to the world. He raised the standard of the iscathamiya and took to international stages where it excelled. He was a global being.”

joseph shabalala

The group that has won five Grammy awards landed their first recording deal with Gallo Records in 1970, has toured the world and collaborated with various world stars.

The group accomplished worldwide popularity and some of the group’s highlights were working together with Paul Simon on his Graceland album in 1986. In 2014, Shabalala retired from performing with the group, leaving his sons to take over.

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