Man­doza hon­oured with pub­lic memo­rial ser­vice at El­lis Park

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Nh­lal­wenhle Ng­wenya

FANS and sup­port­ers of late kwaito su­per­star Mduduzi “Man­doza” Tsha­bal­ala will get a chance to hon­our him at a pub­lic memo­rial ser­vice at El­lis Park to­day.

The 38-year-old died on Sun­day af­ter a year-long bat­tle with brain cancer.

The kwaito leg­end dis­cov­ered his cancer had re-oc­curred seven weeks ago and he started chemo­ther­apy last week.

His man­ager Kevin Ntaopane says the mu­si­cian fought till the end.

“He was a sol­dier. He died in the bat­tle­field, he was a fighter. Thank you so much my brother, may your soul rest in peace.” Man­doza will be buried on Satur­day. Mean­while, Man­doza’s fam­ily says he died an hon­ourable death. The fam­ily held a brief­ing at the Soweto The­atre on Mon­day.

The Nkalakatha hit maker died upon ar­rival in hospi­tal on Sun­day.

Speak­ing to TMG En­ter­tain­ment at the press brief­ing on Mon­day, fam­ily spokesper­son Mohlo­mola Kekana said they wanted to send a clear mes­sage, be­fore ru­mours and spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing Man­doza’s fi­nan­cial af­fairs started do­ing the rounds.

Mohlo­mola said that ‘broke re­ports’ have been known to fol­low the death of well-known per­son­al­i­ties, and they wanted to set the record straight from the THE fourth edi­tion of the Jam ses­sions is set to prove that the show means busi­ness, as or­gan­is­ers have gone the ex­tra mile to get some of the most tal­ented budding artistes to per­form tonight at Club 263.

The list of artistes set to per­form tonight in­cludes Lady T, Leek­tonic, Mzoe 7, Nk­wali, Fu­ture, Stefd­phne, Lit Lang,

Um­dumo We­sizwe, DJ Rays no Chris, Ron­nie, Ghetto Voices, African Tribe, Zimbo Mu­sic, TRP, The Mafia and Beau­ti­ful Di­a­mond and many more.

Most artistes lined up for tonight’s show are no strangers to live shows as they have proved they can burn a hole on the dance floor as well as charm their way into peo­ple’s hearts with their unique gen­res, which makes the fourth edi­tion of the show some­thing to look for­ward to.

As usual the show is go­ing to be hosted by the on­set. “Man­doza is not a pau­per. He is not a charity casehe is a hus­band, a fa­ther and a friend. And his fam­ily are tak­ing care of all of his fu­neral ar­range­ments,” he said. Mohlo­mola went on to say that Man­doza was a “de­cent man” who worked hard all his life and he will be given a proper send-off by his fam­ily. It was also an­nounced at the press brief­ing that a pub­lic memo­rial ser­vice will be held in Man­doza’s hon­our this af­ter­noon at 12 noon at El­lis Park. Man d o z a died on Sun­day af­ter­noon just days af­ter his fam­ily is­sued a state­ment con­firm­ing th a t doc­tors had de­tected a tu­mour in his brain. The Nkalakatha hit­maker was first di­ag­nosed with cancer in May last year but was given a clean bill of health af­ter un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy. - Ewn/Times Live stun­ning Donna N and Khuliyo. The charis­matic pair has proved to be a hand in hand com­bi­na­tion in en­sur­ing that the show runs smoothly through­out the night.

The co­or­di­na­tor of Jam ses­sions Nku­l­uleko Nkala said they are im­pressed by the artistes’ con­tri­bu­tions and called on peo­ple to come in num­bers.

“We still have the sup­port of the artistes. Now we need the au­di­ences to come in their num­bers. The good thing is that ev­ery time we host the show we get to in­ter­act with a new au­di­ence and fresh lo­cal tal­ent. Tak­ing stock, it means we are in the right di­rec­tion,” said Nkala.

De­spite go­ing for $1, un­like the free en­try charge, as per the tra­di­tion, the third edi­tion of the jam ses­sions that was held two weeks was fairly at­tended.

Tonight’s show charg­ing $1 for en­trance, con­sid­er­ing the line-up, is set to pull a larger au­di­ence as Bu­l­awayo’s night rev­ellers are al­ways look­ing for new and unique forms of en­ter­tain­ment.

The late Mduduzi “Man­doza” Tsha­bal­ala

Rev­ellers hav­ing a good time at Jam ses­sions at Club 263

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