Joseph Shabalala, the founder of the South African multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, has died aged 78, the state broadcaster reported Tuesday.
Shabalala died at a hospital in the capital, Pretoria, Tuesday morning, his family confirmed to local media.
He is world-known for his leadership of the choral group founded in 1964 that shot to world acclaim, collaborating with Paul Simon on the album Graceland among others.
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The haunting, often a cappella singing style known as isicathamiya helped to make the group one of South Africa’s most recognised acts on the world stage.
The South African government extended its condolences. “Rest in peace, you have fulfilled your purpose,” it tweeted.
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