Joseph Shabalala hands over the reins

By Drum Digital
08 July 2014

It’s hardly surprising that Msizi, Thulani, Sibongiseni and Thamsanqa Shabalala have followed in the footsteps of their famous father, Bab’ Joseph Shabalala.

THEY GREW up immersed in music, watching spellbound as their father held rousing rehearsals with his group in their home. But the four boys were more than mere witnesses to magic in the making: before introducing a new song to the rest of the band, their dad would sing it to his beloved sons – and they became his biggest fans and greatest critics.

So it’s hardly surprising that Msizi, Thulani, Sibongiseni and Thamsanqa Shabalala have followed in the footsteps of their famous father, Bab’ Joseph Shabalala, the leader of the world-renowned, multi-award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

“I used to enjoy singing for my sons,” Bab’ Joseph says when we visit him at his home in Pinetown, Durban. “Little did I know it would open doors for them one day. Today I’m not well and they have taken over. It’s important to invest in your children – it pays off.”

THE HOME Bab’ Joseph (74) welcomes DRUM to is a far cry from the modest Ladysmith, Kwa-Zulu Natal, dwelling he and his family lived in before his group hit the international big time.

Read more in DRUM – 10 July, 2014.

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