1978 - 2016 Can­cer claims Man­doza

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KWAITO singer Mduduzi Tsha­bal­ala, also known as Man­doza, has died at the age of 38.

The mu­si­cian, who had a brain tu­mour, died around mid­day yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing taken to hospi­tal in the morn­ing.

The star pro­duced multi-plat­inum hits like Nkalakatha, Godoba and Sgelekeqe, and col­lab­o­rated with Danny K on Same Dif­fer­ence.

Fans last saw Man­doza on stage per­form­ing at the ‘Thank You SABC’ con­cert which took place last week­end.

In Zim­babwe, Man­doza was last in the coun­try in 2010 when he per­formed at Old Mil­to­ni­ans Sports Club in Bu­l­awayo which was called Ivy League.

“He was a fun lov­ing per­son and the last time I saw him was about three years ago at Oskido’s birth­day party. Man­doza in­flu­enced a lot of kwaito artistes in the city such as Mjoks, of the Street Niggaz fame,’ said so­cialite Babongile Sikhon­jwa.

Fans and in­dus­try col­leagues have sent their tributes ex­press­ing their sad­ness fol­low­ing the death of the kwaito leg­end.

Sev­eral peo­ple, in­clud­ing fans, celebri­ties and politi­cians, have taken to so­cial me­dia to send their tributes and on Twit­ter the hash tag #RIPMan­doza was trend­ing.

Singer Danny K posted on Twit­ter: “Dev­as­tated! Sad sad day for all South Africans. My friend and mu­sic leg­end is gone. My deep­est con­do­lences to Mpho and the fam­ily #Man­doza.”

Rap­per Cassper Ny­ovest also posted his sad­ness on Twit­ter.

“Damn man!!! Man­doza left us??? Argh no man!!! This life thing is sooo short. #RIP to the leg­end!!!.”

Tele­vi­sion beauty Minnie Dlamini said she was heart­bro­ken.

“Nkalakatha will be on re­peat on #Her­itageDay for me, it bridged racial bar­ri­ers and truly United our coun­try. Deeply sad­dened #RIPMan­doza.”

South Africa Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula also shared his con­do­lences. “RIP to Man­doza - a life cut short but well lived”. Man­doza started his ca­reer with Chiskop, a kwaito group formed with three of his child­hood friends.

He par­tic­i­pated in the kwaito doc­u­men­tary SHARP! SHARP! – the kwaito story, di­rected by Aryan Kaganof and the 2006 rugby drama, Num­ber 10 - Show­biz Re­porter/On­line.

The late Mduduzi Tsha­bal­ala

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