Paul Simon pays tribute to Joseph Shabalala: 'I admired him for his music and his godly spirit'

Joseph Shabalala, Paul Simon (Photo: Getty Images)
Joseph Shabalala, Paul Simon (Photo: Getty Images)

South African musician Joseph Shabalala died on Tuesday, 11 February at Life Eugene Marais Hospital in Pretoria.

He was 78 and the founder of the Grammy Award-winning group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo taking them from achievement to achievement and making South Africa proud in the process.

Joining people all over the globe remembering Joseph's life and legacy, is his long-time collaborator Paul Simon. The pair worked together on the iconic hit, Homeless and various other performances – on famous stages- throughout the years.

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In a post on his Twitter account, Paul wrote: "Joseph Shabalala took Ladysmith Black Mambazo and brought their music all over the world."

Paul added: "Imagine! What a great accomplishment for a boy from Apartheid South Africa. I admired him for his music and his Godly spirit. People love Mambazo. I love Joseph. We had a great time."


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