Ladysmith Black Mambazo has announced that they will not cancel their current USA concert tour as well as other possible tours later this year!ollowing the sad passing of their founder Dr. Joseph Shabalala,
“It has been INCORRECTLY reported that we are canceling our current USA concert tour as well as other possible tours later this year. This is the last thing Joseph would want his group to do. It is with our friends & fans that we gain our strength & fill our hearts with love,” reads a statement posted on Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s official Twitter account.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo thanked everyone for their kind words of love sent their way at this difficult time.
“THANK U ALL for your kind words of love sent our way today, a very difficult day. Joseph Shabalala’s mission was to continue spreading a message of Peace & Love no matter what hurdles or events tried to stop this mission,” tweeted Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
The band said that it is being with their friends and fans that they can live with this terrible pain in their lives.
“We are not canceling our concert tours. We will continue to celebrate the life of Joseph Shabalala, as we have done since he retired in 2014.
“As plans come together for a funeral in South Africa we will announce any possible short term changes to our concert plans. Thank you for understanding during this difficult time,” wrote Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s Joseph Shabalala passed away on Tuesday at the age of 78! He has been battling with his health ever since his retirement from Ladysmith Black Mambazo five years ago.
Joseph Shabalala founded the band in 1960 and the band won numerous international awards, including a couple of Grammy’s.
According to reports, Joseph Shabalala died on Tuesday morning at Life Eugene Marais in Pretoria.