Founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo Joseph Shabalala has died

The 78-year-old singer passed away in a Pretoria hospital after a long illness and was hospitalised last month after being treated for an undisclosed illness last year.


The group's manager Xolani Majozi said that the group had cut their US tour short and was expected to travel back home soon. Xolani Majozi said the group members were devastated.

"The group is currently touring America and will now cut their tour short and deal with the situation. They'll be leaving after the meeting with family today."


The Grammy award-winning group achieved international acclaim with their hit Homeless.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo won 5 Grammys, having racked up 17 nominations.