Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala dies

Joseph Shabalala, legendary founder of South Africa's Ladysmith Black Mambazo, celebrating 42 years of acapella Zulu melodies at a show in Johannesburg 01 August 2002 to a full house. Other South African artists that celedrated with them were The Soweto String Quartet and Yvonne Chaka Chaka AFP PHOTO: Aleander JOE (Photo by ALEXANDER JOE / AFP)

JOHANNESBURG – Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala has died.

The 78-year-old lead singer of the global iconic Ladysmith Black Mambazo died on Tuesday morning after a long illness.

After five decades as an active musician, Shabalala announced his retirement in 2013.

Ladysmith Black Mamba has toured the world sharing the stage with global hitmakers.

The group has won five Grammy Awards.