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Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala has died

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Joseph-Shabalala

Details are still emerging, however, the group’s manager Xolani Majozi said that the 78-year-old was suffering from complications from a back surgery in 2012 that left him wheelchair-bound.

Joseph Shabalala was born on 28 August in 1941 and was well known for his unique and stirring vocals. The group has won five Grammy awards and traveled the world, putting South Africa’s music scene on the map in an innovative way.

Joseph Shabalala

A life-changing moment for Joseph Shabalala and the group happened in 1986 when Paul Simon travelled to South Africa to collaborate with local artists for his Graceland album.

Paul and Joseph formed a special and well-documented bond when the group, co-composed, and they all composed the now-famous song, Homeless.

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