President Ramaphosa vows to build a music academy to honour Shabalala

President Ramaphosa vows to build a music academy to honour Shabalala

- The country still mourns as Joe Shabalala, founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was laid to rest

- President Ramaphosa has promised to honour the late musician in several ways

- He also promised that a music academy will be built in addition to the programme that the group is already supporting

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The founder of the Ladysmith Black Mambazo group, Joseph Shabalala, also called Joe, will be honoured posthumously.

At his funeral in Ladysmith on 22 February, President Ramaphosa promised to nominate the late musician for the gold national Order of Ikhamanga.

In 2008, the entire group received the silver national Order of Ikhamanga, News24 reports.

In addition, a music academy will be built to honour Shabalala.

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The president said that Shabalala always wanted an academy in Mzansi.

"It was his greatest wish to see the Mambazo Academy for South African Music and Culture up and running … We must do all we can to see to it that uBaba Shabalala's dream does indeed come true.
"We will make sure the Mambazo academy is built and this, together with the premier of our province, we promise and it will be done."

This academy will be built on a project that is already run by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and it offers a mobile academic programme that visits high schools in KZN.

Earlier, reported that South Africans took to social media to say their final goodbyes to the amazing musician.

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