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Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder retires from touring

Published on Jan 22, 2014 6:39 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - The founder of famed South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo is scaling down his activities with the group at age 73, a manager said on Tuesday.

Joseph Shabalala, the former farmboy who started the group after the idea came to him in his dreams, has decided to take it easy, according to manager Xolani Majozi.

"Because of his age - he is now 73 - we want him to relax a bit, not to be involved in intensive tours like now when the Mambazo are taking a three-months tour," Mr Majozi told the Agence France-Presse.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo catapulted to global fame for their collaboration with Paul Simon on the hugely successful album Graceland in 1986.

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