Thamsanqa Shabalala Bio, Wiki, Age, Father, Siblings, Net Worth and Father’s Death
Thamsanqa Shabalala Bio, Wiki
Thamsanqa Shabalala is a South African singer who is a member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a South African choral group founded in 1960 by his late father Joseph Shabalala. Shabalala replaced his father as the group’s lead singer after his retirement in 2014.
In 1976, his father brought together his six sons to form Mshengu White Mambazo, Ladysmith’s ‘junior choir’.
After the murder of his uncle Headman Shabalala in December 1991 and the retirement of several other members (Inos Phungula, Geophrey Mdletshe and Ben Shabalala), his father later recruited Thamsanqa and his brothers Thulani, Sibongiseni, and Msizi. Thamsanqa started singing with the group as an alto voice (alongside Albert Mazibuko, who is a tenor voice) and has remained in the line-up since 1993.
Together with his brother Sibongiseni and a well-known South African guitarist, Maqhinga Radebe, he formed the maskandi-mbaqanga-isicathamiya crossover band Shabalala Rhythm in 1998, which has released successful releases to date including Ubuhle Bakho (2003), Vuma (2005), and Izingqaku (2007).
In January 2008, it was announced by Joseph Shabalala that when he retires, Thamsanqa will take over as leader of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. He retired in 2014.
Thamsanqa Shabalala Age
Shabalala was born on September 29, 1974, in Ladysmith (he is 45 years old as of 2019.) His father, Joseph Shabalala, was born on 28 August 1941, in Ladysmith, South Africa. At the time of his death on 11 February 2020, he was 78 years old.
Thamsanqa Shabalala Parents / Father
Thamsanqa is the son of Joseph Shabalala, the late South African singer and musician who was the founder and musical director of the choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. His mother, Nellie, a church pastor who had her own group, Women of Mambazo, was shot and killed in Durban.
Thamsanqa Shabalala Siblings
Thamsanqa has three brothers; Sibongiseni Shabalala, Thulani Shabalala, and Msizi Shabalala.
Thamsanqa Shabalala Net Worth
Thamsanqa’s net worth is currently under review and will be updated soon.
Thamsanqa Shabalala Father’s Death
Thamsanqa’s father, Joseph Shabalala, died on February 11, 2020, at the age of 78. He passed away at a hospital in the capital, Pretoria, Tuesday morning, his family confirmed to local media.
The band’s manager Xolani Majozi announced his death in a statement, “Yes it’s true. Mr. Shabalala passed on this morning.”
“The group is on tour in the US, but they have been informed and are devastated because the group is family,” He added.
In a statement, the band said: “We celebrate and honour your kind heart and your extraordinary life. Through your music and the millions who you came in contact with, you shall live forever.”
The South African Government paid tribute to the musician in a tweet, saying: “We would like to extend our condolences on the passing of Joseph Shabalala who was the founder of the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.”