Multiple Grammy award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s founder Joseph Shabalala’s funeral is currently underway in his hometown at the Ladysmith at the Indoor Sports Centre in KZN. South African, friends, family, industry colleagues, and politicians have gathered to pay their last special respects to the musical icon whose music career spanned for decades and impacted many lives.
Shabalala died at the age of 78 on 11 February in a Pretoria hospital after a long illness. He has been honored with a special official funeral attended by President Cyril Ramaphosa and KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala.
Ramaphosa has delivered his eulogy and described Mr. Shabalala as a man amongst men ” He was one of South Africa’s most decorated artist, a musical genius, a prolific composer who as we heard would sleep for two hours and want to be composing for the rest of the night, a multi-talented singer, a nifty dancer much better than what I tried to do on stage and an accomplished choreographer” said Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa said Mr. Shabalala will be remembered for putting the country on a global map and he also encouraged his legacy to live on because he liberated South Africans and made us proud to be South Africans. See some of the visuals from his funeral which is currently underway.
Mourners are gathered to pay tribute to the late founder and leader of isicathamiya music group- Ladysmith Black Mambazo in song and dance at the Ladysmith Indoor Sports Centre in KwaZulu-Natal.#RIPJosephShabalala pic.twitter.com/8Tw8oFp1Po
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Although the group’s founder died he leaves behind a string of unforgettable memories. Shabalala is survived by his wife and 6 children.
May His soul rest in peace.