The revered isicathamiya musician was accorded a special official funeral, category 2, by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The president ordered all flags to be flown at half-mast until the evening of 22 February.
Shabalala died in a Pretoria hospital on 11 February at the age of 78.
He will be laid to rest in his KwaZulu-Natal home town, in the Ladysmith Cemetery.
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