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Provider: The Guardian
Categories: World & Regional

Joseph Shabalala obituary

Joseph Shabalala, who has died aged 78, was the founder, leader and musical director of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the most popular vocal group Africa has ever produced. They may be an a cappella choir who started out singing traditional songs in Zulu, but under Shabalala’s direction they created a distinctive and often thrilling harmony style that became massively popular in South Africa in the 1970s, and then a global phenomenon in the 80s after they collaborated with Paul Simon on his Graceland project.