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President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a special official funeral category 2 in honour of Joseph Shabalala, the late founder of choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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President Ramaphosa has reiterated his sincerest condolences to the Shabalala family, members of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and members of the arts and culture fraternities in South Africa and globally with who Ladysmith Black Mambazo has collaborated for the better part of six decades.

Joseph was born on 28 August in 1941 and was well known for his unique and stirring vocals. The group has won five Grammy awards and travelled the world, putting South Africa's music scene on the map in an innovative way.

In 2008, this world-renowned and widely awarded choral group received the National Order of Ikhamanga for putting South African cultural life on the world map through contributing to the field of South African indigenous music.

Compiled by Graye Morkel

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