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Joseph Shabalala carried the torch of isicathamiya to the world, says music guru

11 February 2020 4:37 PM
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Joseph Shabalala dies

The founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo Joseph Shabalala died on Tuesday morning at a hospital in Pretoria.

The 78-year-old isicathamiya musician helped introduce the sound of traditional Zulu music to the world, recalls music journalist Sean Brokensha.

They carried the torch of isicathamiya culture to the world.

Sean Brokensha, music journalist

Shabalala founded Ladysmith Black Mambazo in the early 1960s.

He developed his craft while herding cattle and had dreams about the soft, spiritual melodies that the group later became famous for, Brokensha explains.

The legendary choral group has been recognised across the world as one of South Africa's cultural ambassadors.

Shabalala retired from the multi-Grammy award winning group about five years ago due to his deteriorating health.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media and the South African government has extended its condolences.

Listen to Sean Brokensha reflect on Joseph Shabalala's life:


11 February 2020 4:37 PM
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Joseph Shabalala dies

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