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Tributes are pouring in for the founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, who died this morning. Professor Shabalala, who helped introduce Zulu music to the world, would’ve turned 79 this year. He retired from the choral group in 2014 and had been in poor health since an unsuccessful back operation. The group achieved global recognition after singing ‘Homeless’ on Paul Simon’s Graceland album, a song Shabalala co-wrote with Simon, based on the melody for a traditional Zulu wedding song. For more insight on the life and times of Prof Shabalala, we’re joined in studio by the manager of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Xolani Majozi.
In studio, we are joined by music composer, arranger, and conductor Dr. Thulasizwe Nkabinde and musician and author Prof Cosbie Mbele.
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