Today is the official burial of South African popular music legend, Joseph Shabalala  uBaba uJoseph Shabalala made a mammoth contribution to the arts, and this will never be forgotten. The sun will never set on his legacy. Lala Ngokuthula Mshengu.

President CyrilRamaphosa arriving at the Ladysmith Indoor Sports Centre in KwaZulu-Natal to attend the Special Funeral Service of the late Dr Joseph Shabalala.

Music icon Joseph Shabalala, who founded the singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1960 at the tender age of 18, is being laid to rest in his hometown of Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.

Shabalala died on 11 February in a Pretoria hospital after a long illness. He was 78.

The legend is being honoured with a special official funeral at the Ladysmith indoor sports centre, where President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the eulogy.

In 1986, Shabalala and his group collaborated with, Paul Simon in the world-famous hit tracks ‘Homeless’ and ‘Diamond on the Soles of Her Shoes’.


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.

During the height of his music career, Dr Shabalala travelled to many international countries with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and collected five Grammy Awards.

In honour of their founder- uBaba uJoseph Shabalala, the real mambazo

has said: “We celebrate and honour your kind heart and extraordinary life through your music and the millions who you came into contact with”.

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