Joseph Shabalala

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Joseph Shabalala
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Born Bhekizizwe Joseph Siphatimandla Mxoveni Mshengu Bigboy Shabalala
28 August 1941
Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
Died 11 February 2020
Life Eugene Marais Hospital, Pretoria
Gauteng, South Africa
  • Recording Artist
  • Composer
  • Musical Director
Years active 1960-2014
Musical career
  • Vocals
Associated acts

Joseph Shabalala (Bhekizizwe Joseph Siphatimandla Mxoveni Mshengu Bigboy Shabalala; 28 August 1941-11 February 2020) was a South African recording artist. He founded the world renowned Isicathamiya super group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, in 1960 and led it until 2014 when he retired. During his tenure the group won four Grammy Awards and was nominated for a further fourteen.


  1. Times LIVE, Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala has died, 13 Febuary 2020
  2. Channel24/ Move!, Joseph Shabalala's son Thamsanqa on his dad's legacy: 'He has left some big shoes to fill but we are determined to fill them', 13 February 2020

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