- South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, recently paid a visit to the home of Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder, Joseph Shabalala
- Ramaphosa expressed deep gratitude regarding the visit, claiming that he was honoured to spend time with Shabalala
- The SA president took time to note Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s many incedible achievements as well as spend time with the man who helped start it all
Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa, took a moment during his campaign trail recently to visit Joseph Shabalala, the founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
With a plethora of accolades under its belt, including 5 Grammy Awards, isicathamiaya music group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, is an integral part of South Africa’s musical past, present and future.
Although Joseph Shabalala has since retired from the group, the 77-year-old singer started the project way back in 1960 and sang therein right up until 2015.
Ramaphosa expressed his gratitude and joy for Shabalala’s work with the heartfelt words:
"To be at the feet of a giant like baba Shabalala, we feel privileged to be able to come and pay our respects to him as he is now retired.”
According to TimesLIVE, the SA president also mentioned how important Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been for the country.
"They have been in existence for 59 years, this is the longest performing group in the world. That, as South Africans, should give us pride," Ramaphosa explained.
The Shabalala’s family spokesperson, Sibongisiwe Shabalala, was pleased to have Ramaphosa in the family home, Briefly.co.za reported.
"The president today fulfilled his promise that he will visit my father and despite my father still being in recovery following a back operation, he was upbeat and in high spirits at the president's visit," Sibongisiwe said.
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