Re­liv­ing the late Man­doza’s last show in Zim­babwe

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

KALAWA Home­com­ing Party De­cem­ber, 29, 2014 in Bu­l­awayo will for­ever be em­bed­ded in the mem­o­ries of many as this was the last time that late kwaito star Man­doza per­formed in the coun­try.

On Sun­day a dark cloud en­gulfed the mu­sic fra­ter­nity in Africa as the “king of kwaito” mu­sic died af­ter a long bat­tle with can­cer.

Just last week Man­doza had per­formed at a SABC Thank you con­cert at Or­lando Sta­dium in South Africa. Fans, how­ever, cast wor­ried faces when they saw Man­doza on stage as he looked un­well. Al­though he sang, he was a pale shadow of his for­mer self.

Dur­ing Man­doza’s last per­for­mance in Bu­l­awayo he was part of a con­tin­gent of artistes from South Africa that were cel­e­brat­ing 20 years in kwaito that in­cluded the three eras of the genre.

As pack­aged by the or­gan­is­ers, Mduduzi “Mdu” Masilela, the god fa­ther of kwaito, rep­re­sented the ear­lier era, with Man­doza em­body­ing the mid­dle pe­riod and Zola be­ing the one who rep­re­sented the late stages of kwaito mu­sic that was now evolv­ing into hip hop.

ose who were old enough to watch Man­doza dur­ing his prime in 1998 in the city tes­ti­fied that he brought that same en­ergy dur­ing the show two years ago.

Man­doza’s pres­ence on stage was enough for peo­ple to go into a frenzy shout­ing out his name and his voic[e got peo­ple to sing along to Nkalakatha. Man­doza also sang his col­lab­o­ra­tion with fel­low South Africa leg­end Ringo Madlin­gozi called Jerusalema.

This too was sadly the last time that peo­ple from Zim­babwe would see Mdu and Man­doza per­form their duet of the smash hit Fifty Fifty.

It was like a farewell con­cert for his fans in Bu­l­awayo as he took peo­ple down mem­ory lane, sing­ing tunes that launched his musical ca­reer such as Uzoyithola kan­jani when he was with Chiskop.

Yes­ter­day, Zim­bab­weans joined their South African neigh­bours in mourn­ing the death of kwaito star Man­doza with most de­scrib­ing the death as dev­as­tat­ing and the mu­sic in­dus­try has lost a pi­o­neer and ground­breaker.

“Kalawa De­cem­ber, 29, 2014 Man­doza smash­ing it at Queens Cricket Ground in Bu­l­awayo not know­ing it was his last show in the City of Kings and Queens. Those we love and lose are al­ways con­nected by heart­strings into in­fin­ity. Rest in Peace Nkalakatha we will al­ways love you,” posted for­mer ra­dio per­son­al­ity Ezra “Tshisa” Sibanda.

Kwaito artiste Khux­man said Man­doza was an im­mense enigma whose mu­sic in­flu­enced many in Bu­l­awayo.

“Man­doza in­flu­enced us a lot with his mu­sic. What he sang about res­onated with us as youths who grew up in the high den­sity ar­eas. Peo­ple like Man­doza and Zola in­flu­enced me to take up mu­sic,” said Khux­man.

He said Man­doza’s Nkalakatha showed him that mu­sic could tran­scend ra­cial bar­ri­ers.

“With Nkalakatha it showed some of us that white peo­ple can come and ap­pre­ci­ate our type of mu­sic. He broke bar­ri­ers and made it big in the in­dus­try,” said Khux­man.

The late Man­doza at Queens Cricket grounds Kalawa De­cem­ber 2014, his last show in Bu­l­awayo

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