Funeral details for Joseph Shabalala revealed

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The founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Pretoria.

The cause of his death has not been officially confirmed; however, Channel24 has learnt that he suffered complications from back surgery, in 2012 that left him in a wheelchair. 

Joseph Shabalala
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As South Africa remembers the veteran musician and his long legacy, which many remember as one of the few glimmers of sonic hope during apartheid, arrangements for his funeral and memorial services are being put in place. 

Speaking to Channel24, Ladysmith Black Mambazo's manager Xolani Majozi confirmed that the funeral will take place in Ladysmith on 22 February 2020. He also revealed that the funeral will be open to the public. 

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Xolani also said that the venue and time are still being finalised as well as Joburg and Cape Town memorial service details. 

As soon as those details are revealed, Channel24 will update this article. 

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