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Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala dies at 78

Posted: 6:57 AM, Feb 11, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-11 06:57:50-05
Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala
Shakira and Joseph Shabalala
Joseph Shabalala and Ladysmith Black Mambazo with Paul Simon

JOHANNESBURG — The founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, has died at age 78.

He is world-known for his leadership of the choral group founded in 1964 that shot to world acclaim.

It collaborated with Paul Simon on the “Graceland” album and others.

The haunting, often a cappella singing style known as isicathamiya helped to make the group one of South Africa's most recognized performers on the world stage.

The South African government in a tweet has extended its condolences.