South African legend Joseph Shabalala, has died in Life Eugene Marais Hospital, Pretoria, on February 11, 2020, aged 78.
Joseph Shabalala who was a South African singer and musician has died and South Africans and music lovers all over the world are currently mourning his demise. The death of Shabalala, who helped introduce the sound of traditional Zulu music to the world, was announced by the band’s manager.
Shabalala was the founder of the choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the musical director of the group which won five Grammy awards and featured heavily on Paul Simon’s Graceland album.
“Yes it’s true. Mr Shabalala passed on this morning,” Xolani Majozi told the South Africa Times on February 11.
“The group is on tour in the US, but they have been informed and are devastated because the group is family,” Xolani added.
In a statement, the band said: “We celebrate and honour your kind heart and your extraordinary life. Through your music and the millions who you came in contact with, you shall live forever.”