The founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Pretoria.
The cause of his death has not been officially confirmed; however, Channel24 has learnt that he suffered complications from back surgery, in 2012 that left him in a wheelchair.
As South Africa remembers the veteran musician and his long legacy, which many remember as one of the few glimmers of sonic hope during apartheid, arrangements for his funeral and memorial services are being put in place.
Speaking to Channel24, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s manager Xolani Majozi confirmed that the funeral will take place in Ladysmith on 22 February 2020. He also revealed that the funeral will be open to the public.
Xolani also said that the venue and time are still being finalised as well as Joburg and Cape Town memorial service details.
Shabalala was best known as the founder and director of choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which won five Grammy awards and featured heavily on Paul Simon’s Graceland album.
They also reached number 15 in the UK charts with a cover of Swing Low Sweet Chariot, for the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
He also belted a number of chart-toping hits that won accolades, with others getting nominated for a number of competitions.
Meanwhile, joining people all over the globe remembering Joseph’s life and legacy, is his long-time collaborator Paul Simon. The pair worked together on the iconic hit, Homeless and various other performances – on famous stages- throughout the years.
In a post on his Twitter account, Paul wrote: “Joseph Shabalala took Ladysmith Black Mambazo and brought their music all over the world.”
Paul added: “Imagine! What a great accomplishment for a boy from Apartheid South Africa. I admired him for his music and his Godly spirit. People love Mambazo. I love Joseph. We had a great time.”
More details would be given as they emerge…
Source: Channel24/ Wikipedia