We awoke this morning to the unhappy information that Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala has died. “Our Founder, our Teacher and most importantly, our Father left us today for eternal peace,” the South African vocal troupe stated in a bunch assertion. “We celebrate and honor your kind heart and your extraordinary life. Through your music and the millions who you came in contact with, you shall live forever.”
Shabalala began the group in the early Sixties, however they first entered the consciousness of most Americans in 1986 once they appeared with Paul Simon on his groundbreaking LP Graceland. He first heard of them when he noticed them carry out on a British tv particular. They seem on the Graceland tracks “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” and “Homeless.” Both songs have been co-written by Shabalala.
Simon took the group on tour throughout world to advertise Graceland, considerably rising their public profile in the course of. Here’s video of Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo performing “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” at a Zimbabwe present in 1987 that was launched as The African Concert. The group performed many of their very own tunes that night time, together with “Lady of Kings” and “Hello My Baby.”
To return the favor, Simon produced their 1987 LP Shaka Zulu. In the years afterwards, Shabalala and the group labored with everybody from Dolly Parton to Natalie Merchant and Melissa Etheridge. Shabalala stopped touring with the group in 2014, however often returned for particular appearances. His son, Sibongiseni, now leads the act they usually proceed to tour closely.