Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Ladysmith Black Mambazo singer dies

Jockey Shabalala, a member of South Africa's famous Ladysmith Black Mambazo ensemble, has died. He was 62. The group's record company says Shabalala, whose brother Joseph founded and still leads the Ladysmith Black Mambazo, died on Saturday of natural causes. He had suffered from various ailments. Jockey Shabalala joined Ladysmith Black Mambazo in the 1960s and featured on Paul Simon's Graceland album, which won the Grammy Award for album of the year in 1986. He retired from international travel early last year to spend more time with his family. A funeral service is planned for Saturday in his hometown of Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal.

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