Joseph Shabalala

  • Born: August 28, 1941
  • Died: February 11, 2020
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Joseph Shabalala

Founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Joseph Shabalala was a singer and musician who founded the South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and served as their music director, bringing traditional Zulu music to a worldwide audience. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

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My sincere condolences to the Shabalala family. Although Mr. Shabalala's talent and grace will be sorely missed here on earth, he is surely making glorious music in the heavens. Well done.

Posted by Amber Hall - Commerce, GA - Friend   March 24, 2020

My friend, a job well done. You made beautiful music RIP

Posted by A friend   February 23, 2020

I have always loved the music that comes from the African culture ,so beautiful! The family,friends and fans have so many great memories that comes through the beautiful music that will continue. You have my deepest sympathy.

Posted by - TX   February 22, 2020

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Peaceful Journey'

Posted by A friend   February 20, 2020

Blessings and peace to Joseph's friends and family. Through the work of Paul Simon, I was exposed to the beautiful Zulu township music which, in my humble opinion, really made the Graceland album so wonderfully unique. Thank you for sharing your genius and beautiful music with the world. We are all united through music and the love that flows from and through music and ultimately the hand of God. Thank you, Joseph! Rest in peace.

Posted by Mary Starusko - Pittsburgh, PA   February 19, 2020

Many thanks for the beautiful music, deepest condolences to the Shabalala family, may God be with you at this very difficult time and may all of your wonderful memories bring you peace and comfort.

Posted by A friend   February 17, 2020

God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's...My heartfelt condolences

Posted by A friend   February 17, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to the Shabalala family. I am so appreciative for the video clip. I enjoyed the smooth steps and the unity shown. May God comfort your hearts and make you firm during your time of grief, and may His promise that meek people will soon live on earth and find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace become Joseph's reality!

Posted by A friend   February 16, 2020

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Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by Charles Hargrove - Gary, IN   February 16, 2020

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R.I.P Joseph

Posted by wmc - IL   February 16, 2020

As the days and weeks pass,and as you return to life's routine,may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   February 15, 2020

Thank you for the beautiful music, we will always remember him. Prayers to the Shabalala family.

Posted by A friend   February 14, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the Shabalala family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss

Posted by A friend   February 14, 2020

May God comfort the broken hearts of the Shabalala family. Joseph will be sorely missed. Ladysmith Black Mambazos music will forever live on in our hearts of the masses. We dance. Peace.

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2020

His deeply spiritual and inspirational music will be, is being, sung in Heaven! Thank you for your contribution to its richness and diversity!

Posted by Michael Mitchell - Granite Shoals, TX   February 13, 2020

My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek.

Posted by Friend    February 13, 2020

Beautiful music that will live on, thank you. Deepest condolences to the Shabalala family, praying for you all.

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2020

His wonderful music will be missed, so very sorry for your loss, may God be with you.

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2020

Love that African rhythmic sound. Zulu Prince, jam on, dance on and sing on...to the Other Side

Posted by Raymie Kenner - Maple Heights, OH   February 12, 2020

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Love You!!!!

Posted by Couren Bowman - Austin, TX - Significant Other   February 12, 2020

Such a loss. May our Heavenly Father help his family through this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

To the family,

Sorry for the loss of Joseph. May the God of all comfort be with you as a source of comfort and strength.

Posted by V M - neighbor   February 12, 2020

Sorry for your loss. His music will be missed, such a talented artist who will never be forgotten. May God comfort the family during this most difficult time.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

I came across with your music as I was surfing the internet and loved it every since. May your family find comfort in listening to your music.

Posted by Matthew Jones - FORT WASHINGTON, MD - neighbor   February 12, 2020

i saw him perform twice and both times it was amazing. Prayers to his family and friends rest in heaven.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

My condolences to the family of Mr. Shabalala. May fond memories and God provide comfort and peace to your family today, tomorrow, and always.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

Joseph Shabalala and Ladysmith Black Mambazo has touched the lives of millions through his music and spirit. It was inspirational to millions. May his music and legacy continue and provide you comfort. And May the God of comfort lift your hearts and spirit with the power of his everlasting words of hope.

Posted by David C    February 12, 2020

Our condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to the family. May the God of tender mercies and all comfort be with you all during this most difficult time.

JM, Jackson Mississippi

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

Please accept my sincere condolences to the Shabalala Family, May God Almighty in the Heavens comfort your hearts with loving kindness and peace as you cope with your precious loss.

Posted by BRY - CA   February 12, 2020

I am so sorry about the loss of Joseph. What a legacy lost but not forgotten. The Shabalala family has my deepest condolences. I pray that you will be surrounded continuously with love and support. And, as you go through this difficult time, may Almighty God comfort your hearts and make you firm (2 Thess. 2:17).

Posted by Emlyn    February 12, 2020

I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of mr joseph shabalala he was a great singer and entertainer may the God of tender mercies grant him peace

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

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Posted by Will Hargrove - Gary, IN   February 12, 2020

My condolences to Joseph's family. Loss of such a talented and kind individual is truly sad. May the peace of God comfort you as you grieve.

Posted by Alainna - Monroe   February 12, 2020

Correction *Shabalala

Posted by Lillie Randolph    February 12, 2020

Thank you, and all members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, for over 50 years of joy. May your spirit continue to instill happiness and peace to the world. Condolences to the Shambalala family, and the peoples of South Africa. RIP, Joseph.

Posted by Lillie Randolph    February 12, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family for your loss. Joseph brought Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the world audience and will be missed. May the God of comfort give comfort to you at this difficult time.

Posted by Maru Smith    February 12, 2020

Thank you, Joseph, for bringing us the beautiful traditional Zulu music. You will live on in the music and our memories.

Posted by Monica McGrath - ADAMS, MA   February 12, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Shabalala family. May the fond memories of the music shared by Joseph comfort you and may the God of all comfort who cares for you strengthen you.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Shabalala family,,truly sorry for your loss, may God be with you at this most difficult time.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

Sorry to hear of the loss

Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   February 12, 2020

To the Family of the late Mr. Joseph Shabalala, I extend my sincere condolences having heard "Ladysmith Black" on the campus of Potsdam University some years ago and purchased a
Ladysmith T-shirt that'd printed a number of Zulu expressions. Their music's so representative of the country of South Africa, my dream trip, realized and their township, Ladysmith. He was a great talent.
He will be sorely missed.

Prayerfully,

Posted by Ms. M. A. Cook - Charleston, SC, SC   February 12, 2020

Thank you. For the beautiful music. Your legacy will live on.

Posted by Marisa T. Dery - Somerville, MA   February 11, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2020

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Posted by Alishia - SC   February 11, 2020

I was very shocked to hear this today. We have seen him a couple of times when they visited Colorado. Always a very kind man who enjoyed making people smile and laugh. We are going to miss him. R I P

Posted by Mel Brown - Ft Collins, CO   February 11, 2020


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Joseph Shabalala