Mandoza honoured with public memorial service at Ellis Park
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