Tributes pour in for Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala
‘RIP brother. Thanks for the memories #JosephShabalala’
News of Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala's death has sent a wave of sadness across the country.
Group manager Xolani Majozi confirmed to TshisaLIVE that the Grammy Award-winning group's founder was with his wife, Thokozile Shabalala, during his last moments.
Shabalala died on Tuesday morning at Life Eugene Marais Hospital in Tshwane at the age of 78, while Ladysmith Black Mambazo was on tour in the US.
“Yes, it's true. Mr Shabalala passed on this morning. The group (Ladysmith Black Mambazo) is on tour in the US, but they have been informed and are devastated because the group is family,” Majozi said.
Shabalala's family would issue an official statement later in the day, he added.
Saddened by the news of Joseph's death, South Africans took to social media to express their sorrow.
We would like to extend our condolences on the passing of Joseph Shabalala who was the founder of the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Ulale ngoxolo Tata ugqatso lwakho ulufezile. #RIPJosephShabalala [Photo: Flicker: Seth Gordon] pic.twitter.com/Sazg9hoWew— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) February 11, 2020
Hamba kakuhle qhawe lethu. When apartheid tried to keep black people invisible - you sang in such a way that the world couldn't ignore us even if they tried really hard. #LadyBlacksmithMambazo what a legacy! Mr. Joseph Shabalala siyabonga baba. #RIPJosephShabalala https://t.co/CCr8YQOt85— Siki 2020 👑 🇿🇦 (@SikeeDlanga) February 11, 2020
Joseph Shabalala, who helped introduce traditional Zulu music to the world, died aged 78 on February 11 2020. The musician was best known as the founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which won five Grammy awards.