It’s been reported by various media outlets that founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo Joseph Shabalala has passed away in Pretoria aged 78-years-old.
Joseph formed the iconic group in the 60s. They went on to become one of the biggest selling groups on the continent; they’ve also won five Grammy awards.
Joseph suffered complications in 2012 following a back operation and has been wheelchair-bound since. Details regarding the cause of his death are still a bit sketchy at this point.
Shabalala’s passing is a great loss to the music industry, he’ll be sorely missed. May his soul rest in peace.
South Africans have taken to social media to pay their respects to the legend.
RIP: Joseph Shabalala has passed away
— Kgopolo Mphela (@PhilMphela) February 11, 2020
May your soul rest in peace baba Joseph Shabalala – Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder. What a legend! You took our music to the world and delivered it with such class …over and over again! You created legacy that keeps giving! 🎶 #RIPJosephShabalala #LadySmithBlackMambazo pic.twitter.com/xk9mBgkgW7
— Matiba Sibanyoni (@matibax) February 11, 2020
— Tumelo (New Account) (@DjNewAfrica) February 11, 2020