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SOUTH AFRICA: Ladysmith Black Mambazo Founder Joseph Shabalala Dies @ 78

By Published February 11, 2020

The founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78.

Shabalala died at a hospital in the capital, Pretoria, Tuesday morning, his family confirmed to local media.

Shabalala has led the choral group since it was founded in 1964, they collaborated with Paul Simon on the Graceland album and their track ‘the haunting’ often a cappella singing style known as isicathamiya helped to make the group one of South Africa’s most recognized performers on the world stage.

The South African government in a tweet extended its condolences. “Rest in peace, you have fulfilled your purpose,” it said.The death was announced as the country prepared to mark 30 years since the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, which led to the end of the country’s brutal system of racial oppression known as apartheid.

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