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WATCH LIVE: Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala’s funeral under way

Shabalala died on 11 February in a Pretoria hospital after suffering a long illness. He was 78.

Funeral of the late founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, held at the Ladysmith indoor sports centre. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Music icon Joseph Shabalala, who founded the singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1960 at the tender age of 18, is being laid to rest in his hometown of Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday.

Shabalala died on 11 February in a Pretoria hospital after a long illness. He was 78.

The legend is being honoured with a special official funeral at the Ladysmith indoor sports centre, where President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the eulogy.

In 1986, Shabalala and his group collaborated with, Paul Simon in the world-famous hit tracks 'Homeless' and 'Diamond on the Soles of Her Shoes'.

Other South African legends featured on the songs include Ray Phiri and Bakithi Khumalo who played in the band.