SA Loses Legendary Kwaito Star, Mandoza, To Brain Cancer


Mandoza, whose real name is Mduduzi Edmund Tshabalala, is a legendary South African kwaito musician. Mandoza passed away midday yesterday while he was being rushed to a hospital in Johannesburg.

He had an episode of struggles with his breathing. At only 38, Mandoza had been battling brain cancer for about a year. He was one of the pioneers of Kwaito music.

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Mandoza has made his last public appearance before his death just last week at a concert that had been organized by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto. The sad news saw his former manager Vaughn Eaton telling ENW that the musician’s family is still in shock as they had thought he was starting to recover.

As the news of his death continues to circulate, South Africans and a few fans from around the continent continue to take to social media to pay tribute to him and share their condolences with his family.

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President Jacob Zuma has also paid tribute to the musician sharing in a statement on his website;

“South Africa has lost one of its pioneers whose music appealed to a cross section of our people, young and old and was known to have achieved the unique crossover culturally to be enjoyed by both black and white South Africans.”

Other public figures and celebrities like DJ Black Coffee, Maraza, Loyiso Gola, Cassper Nyovest, iFani, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Thuli Madonsela, Mmusi Maimane and Danny K have also given tributes.

Musician Danny K wrote:

“Devastated! Sad sad day for all South Africans. My friend and music legend is gone. My deepest condolences to Mpho and the family.”

In the course of his life, Mandoza had released 15 solo albums, one of which was the critically-acclaimed Nkalakatha. The title track of the album is still one of the biggest crossover songs in the country.