In a recent press release, founder and leader of the popular South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala, made an important announcement regarding the future of his group: upon his retirement, Shabalala will be succeeded by his son.
First envisioned in the 1960s, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has thrived for forty-five years and counting. The group has been honored with Grammy Awards and even accompanied social and political activist Nelson Mandela to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Throughout the group's career, it never faltered in spreading their message of peace, love and harmony to millions of people.
In response to queries regarding what will become of the group upon Shabalala's retirement, Shabalala writes, "Ladysmith Black Mambazo was never about one person.  Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a mission.  A mission to spread our message and to keep our culture alive and known." He is intent on his group's mission to keep the spirit of South Africa alive in people's hearts. Shabalala states, "The mission and message will continue." To carry his vision through the 21st century, his son Thamsanqa (Tommy) will become the new leader of the group.