Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala, 78, passes away

Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala, 78, passes away

- Joseph Shabalala, Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder, has passed away on Tuesday, 11 February

- Xolani Majozi, the group's manager, confirmed the news and said Joseph's wife, Thokozile, was with him in his last moments

- Ladysmith Black Mambazo is currently touring in America and is deeply saddened by the news

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Joseph Shabalala, the man who brought us Ladysmith Black Mambazo, has died. The group's manager, Xolani Majozi, confirmed that the 78-year-old died on Tuesday morning, 11 February.

According to Xolani, Joseph's wife, Thokozile, was with him during his last moments on earth.

The group has been informed and they are very sad. They're currently touring the US.

"Yes, it's true. Mr Shabalala passed on this morning. The group (Ladysmith Black Mambazo) is on tour in the US, but they have been informed and are devastated because the group is family."

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It is not exactly clear yet what the cause of death is, but the musician was reportedly ill in his last days.

Joseph's health had been deteriorating over the past few years, which is why he retired from the group back in 2014.

At the start of the year, he was admitted to hospital for his bad health, and fans kept him in their prayers.

Since news broke of the musician's passing, fans have been in mourning.

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