Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Image of band leader and band singing
Group image by Chad Rachman

The founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo Joseph Shabalala has died. He has passed today, Tuesday,  in Pretoria, South Africa. The band's manager Xolani Majozi said that the 78-year-old was suffering from complications from a spinal surgery that left him wheelchair-bound.

Shabalala was born August 28, 1941 in Ladysmith, South Africa, and was well known for his unique and stirring vocals. The group has won five Grammy awards and traveled the world, putting South Africa’s music scene on the map in an innovative way. Shabalala formed the band in 1960 and led it for more than 50 years.

Circular WNCW 30th Anniversary Logo with sunrays
Rob Hibbitts

Our Studio B Rewind Host Kim Clark has a super special show to share with us on Sunday, October 13th at 7pm. It's special because WNCW staffers went on the air on October 13th in 1989. Our wonderful host dug deep into the archives to put together a show that exemplifies the eclectic nature of all of WNCW's programming - then and now.