The Congress of South African Trade Unions joins millions of people in South Africa and around the world to mourn the death of legendary musician and Ladysmith Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and his friends. Baba Joseph Shabalala was an icon of the South African creative art industry and a cultural icon who showcased what is beautiful about this country. His musical talents and gained him a substantial following across the world. He was a pioneer and inspired many to pursue the performing arts.
He has been a familiar voice of this country for decades and he has done commendable work as an ambassador for South Africa. His untimely death has created a vacuum not just in the South African music industry but in the global arena. He will always be remembered as a humble and dedicated musical icon who commanded respect and possessed immense talent and creativity. He represented the best values of this country and he was an exemplary personality anchored and guided by the spirit of ubuntu.
We hope that a new generation of musicians will keep the legacy of Joseph Shabalala alive. May his soul rest in eternal peace!