Joseph Shabalala

Aug 28, 1941 – Feb 11, 2020 (Age 78)


August 28, 1941
February 11, 2020


Joseph Shabalala was a singer and musician who founded the South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and served as their music director, bringing traditional Zulu music to a worldwide audience. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

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My sincere condolences to the Shabalala family. Although Mr. Shabalala's talent and grace will be sorely missed here on earth, he is surely making glorious music in the heavens. Well done.

My friend, a job well done. You made beautiful music RIP

I have always loved the music that comes from the African culture ,so beautiful! The family,friends and fans have so many great memories that comes through the beautiful music that will continue. You have my deepest sympathy.

Peaceful Journey'

Blessings and peace to Joseph's friends and family. Through the work of Paul Simon, I was exposed to the beautiful Zulu township music which, in my humble opinion, really made the Graceland album so wonderfully unique. Thank you for sharing your genius and beautiful music with the world. We are all united through music and the love that flows from and through music and ultimately the hand of God. Thank you, Joseph! Rest in peace.

Many thanks for the beautiful music, deepest condolences to the Shabalala family, may God be with you at this very difficult time and may all of your wonderful memories bring you peace and comfort.

God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My heartfelt condolences

My heartfelt condolences to the Shabalala family. I am so appreciative for the video clip. I enjoyed the smooth steps and the unity shown. May God comfort your hearts and make you firm during your time of grief, and may His promise that meek people will soon live on earth and find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace become Joseph's reality!

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