Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder, Joseph Shabalala dies
Legendary musician, leader and founder of the multi-Grammy-award winning vocal group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala has passed away after battling with his health ever since his retirement from the group.
Shabalala was bestowed with the Honorary Doctorate during the Faculty of Arts and Design’s graduation ceremony at the Durban University of Technology for his contribution to the arts in South Africa and abroad.
Joseph officially handed over leadership of the Ladysmith Black Mambazo to his son over three years ago but he continued to make appearances with the group.
TimesLIVE reported that late last year, KZN MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo, announced the province’s Department of Health would arrange for specialists at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital to treat the ailing musician after his health took turn for the worse.
“Joseph has been battling with his health ever since his retirement from the group about three years and was visited by President Jacob Zuma in April after several stints in hospital for illness and back surgery.”
Condolences have started to pour in for this legend:
We are devastated to learn of the passing of gallant Son of Afrika #JosephShabalala, father, brother, visionary & intellectual.
— PAC OF AZANIA – PAC (@PACAZANIA59) February 11, 2020
— Mmapaseka Andronicah Sefularo (@MmapasekaAndro1) February 11, 2020