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Ladysmith Black Mambazo Founder Joseph Shabalala Has Died

"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." 

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala has died.

The 78-year-old lead singer of the global iconic Ladysmith Black Mambazo died on Tuesday morning after a long illness.

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After five decades as an active musician, Shabalala announced his retirement in 2013.

The group has toured the world sharing the stage with global hitmakers.

The group has won five Grammy Awards.

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Group Manager Xolani Majozi said Shabalala was with his wife, Thokozile Shabalala, during his last moments.

“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.

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Over the past few years, Shabalala’s health deteriorated, resulting in him retiring from the group in 2014.

Earlier this year, he was admitted to hospital due to ill health, and those close to him asked fans to keep him in their prayers.

In 2017, Shabalala was admitted to hospital after his health took a nosedive after he underwent spine surgery and “struggled” to get back on his feet.

“He is old now. We were worried when he went in for the operation, and are still very concerned because he is sick, but he is getting stronger,” spokesperson Sandile Khumalo said at the time.

Although Shabalala officially handed over leadership of Ladysmith Black Mambazo to his son Sibongiseni about three years ago, the star occasionally made appearances with the group at events.

Khumalo said Shabalala’s ailing health meant he was no longer able to travel or attend events with the group.

 

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Elize Coetzee for SurgeZirc SA
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Elize Coetzee, a seasoned journalist, is the driving force behind SurgeZirc SA’s world news and world politics coverage. With an unwavering commitment to truth, Elize delves into global affairs, providing live updates, in-depth investigations, and thought-provoking analysis. Whether it’s geopolitical tensions, international diplomacy, or breaking stories, Elize’s incisive reporting keeps readers informed and engaged.
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