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January 23, 2014

Joseph Shabalala has retired

BBC News:

The founder of South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo is to take a back seat at the age of 73, their manager has announced. Joseph Shabalala, who performed at a memorial concert for Nelson Mandela last month, will "enjoy the fruits of his hard work".

He will not take part in the choral groups's forthcoming three-month tour.

The group shot to fame when they recorded the Graceland album with Paul Simon in 1986. They have won three Grammys and are nominated for a fourth at Sunday's ceremony in the US, for their album Singing For Peace Around the World. Shabalala will stay at home in South Africa.

Ladysmith's manager Xolani Majozi said: "Because of his age we want him to relax a bit, not to be involved in intensive tours. "He can still perform, but we don't want to overwork him. We think he has done his part," he added.

A number of Shabalala's sons continue to perform in the 12-strong group, along with one of his grandsons.

His birth name is Bhekizizwe Joseph Siphatimandla Mxoveni Mshengu Bigboy Shabalala.

Posted by acapnews at January 23, 2014 12:00 AM