Minister Marais celebrates the legacy of Joseph Shabalala | Western Cape Government


Minister Marais celebrates the legacy of Joseph Shabalala

12 February 2020

The Western Cape Government is deeply saddened by the passing of Joseph Shabalala.

As one of the co-founders of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, he contributed to bringing South Africans together during a time of intolerance. He, together with the rest of the group, showed the unifying power of music and how it transcends racial and other barriers.

Shabalala passed away at the age of 78 and was truly one of the great figures in our country’s history. Ladysmith Black Mambazo reached international fame and won the hearts of millions of people all over the world with their unique sound and huge talent.

Minister Anroux Marais expressed her sadness at hearing of Shabalala’s passing. “The Arts has lost one of its giant spirits in South Africa. Joseph Shabalala’s contribution to the healing of our nation is immeasurable. While we mourn his death, let us also celebrate his life and the immense legacy that he leaves behind.”

Shabalala’s footprints will long stay behind as we continue to remember him through his music and contribution to healing in our country.

Media Enquiries: 

Stacy McLean 
Spokesperson for the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais 
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