- The manager of Ladysmith Black Mambazo has responded to claims that the group is experiencing internal issues
- It is alleged that there is friction amongst members since the founder, Joseph Shabalala, passed away less than a month ago
- Xolani Majozi says this is not true and that there has never been any problems
Ladysmith Black Mambazo is said to be experiencing a feud within the group that is causing serious problems.
According to TimesLIVE, there has been a battle for leadership of the acclaimed and admired musical group.
The problems allegedly began after Joseph Shabalala, the founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, passed away.
It is believed that Joseph's son, Thami, was chosen by him to lead the group when he was no longer able to.
However, Joseph's brother, Sibongiseni, and manager, Xolani Majozi, have been accused of taking over instead.
Sunday Sun reported that Thami said it was public knowledge that he should be taking control of the group.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Xolani, on the other hand, said he was unaware of any 'imaginary conflicts' within the group.
"There haven't been any issues or discussions around succession. Joseph formally and permanently retired in 2013. If there were any issues, those issues could have occurred when Joseph retired from the group.
"I don't remember a single meeting where we sat down because we were unable to operate because there's an issue on who is leading the group. I've been with the group for 10 years and I don't remember a time where we had to discuss that."
When the late muso was honoured, President Ramaphosa vowed to build a music academy.
He promised that the music academy would be built in addition to the programme that the group is already supporting.
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