The voice of the nation

By Drum Digital
21 February 2014

It's been over 50 years since Joseph Shabalala founded Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Now he's taking things easier.

There are statues and references to the town’s most famous sons, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, everywhere. The municipal authorities have clearly spared no expense or effort in lavishing glowing tributes on the world-famous a cappella band and its founder and musical director, the legendary Joseph Mshengu Shabalala (72).

We meet Joseph at the municipal cultural centre situated at the heart of the town, where a section dedicated to preserving the memory of the band was recently opened.

It's almost two weeks after the Grammy Awards when we meet the maestro.

For the fourth time in a career that spans five decades, his band cleaned up at the awards, winning the Best World Music Album.

No one was more excited about this than the group’s architect.

Read more in DRUM - 27 February 2014

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