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‘I lost a friend, father and my hero,’ says Shabalala’s son

The music legend is globally revered for establishing and leading Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which has won five Grammy Awards.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala has been honoured with a category 2 funeral in his hometown of Ladysmith on 22 February 2020. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/EWN

DURBAN – The children of late musical icon Joseph Shabalala say he was a loving and dedicated family man.

Shabalala is being honoured in a special official funeral where President Cyril Ramaphosa is delivering the eulogy.

The music legend is globally revered for establishing and leading Ladysmith Black Mambazo, which has won five Grammy Awards.

Shabalala died in Pretoria last week at the age of 78.

His grandchildren said they would always appreciate his teachings of respect and humility.

Nkosinathi Shabalala said his father's legacy would live on through the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

“amaMbazo will survive. I have lost a friend, a father and a hero who catapulted our name to the global stage.”

The government says it will establish an isicathamiya academy in the singer’s honour.