WATCH | Ndlovu Youth Choir pays tribute to music legend Joseph Shabalala

13 February 2020 - 11:04 By Unathi Nkanjeni
The founder of Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, died on Tuesday morning.
The founder of Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, died on Tuesday morning.
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The Ndlovu Youth Choir has paid tribute to music legend Joseph Shabalala with a rendition of Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Homeless.

The founder of the Grammy award-winning group died on Tuesday at the age of 78.

He had been battling health issues for several years and retired from the group five years ago.

Shabalala was with his wife, Thokozile Shabalala, during his last moments.

His funeral will take place in Ladysmith on February 22.

In a video shared on Twitter, the choir from Limpopo wrote: “Baba Joseph Shabalala we stand on your shoulders and your music will live forever.”

Watch the video below:

The choir rose to fame when it made the finals of America's Got Talent in 2019.

The chilling rendition has garnered about 8,000 views and got the thumbs up from many social media users, including SA's first lady of talk, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle.

Here is a snapshot of some of the reactions:

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.


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