Celebrities, fans and government officials came out in numbers to pay homage to legendary musician Mduduzi “Mandoza” Tshabalala.
Mondoza’s memorial service was held at the Ellis Park Arena on Wednesday afternoon. The kwaito singer died on Sunday afternoon after battling cancer.
The ceremony was led by fellow kwaito star, Kabelo Mabalane who related fond memories he shared with Mandoza.
Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa was among the speakers and spoke fondly of the fallen star, calling him a game changer in the local music industry. He said Mandoza played a huge part in uniting the nation with his music, being the first black artist whose music was enjoyed across all racial lines. “Mandoza is a hero whose memory will last forever,” Mthethwa said.
Mandoza’s music echoed during the service; fans danced and sang celebrating the kwaito legend’s life. His wife and children were also in attendance. The service also saw performances from a number of musicians including kwaito star Brickz, Mshoza, Mapaputsi, Arthur and Danny K.
His friend Tokollo Tshabalala, who was part of the 90s popular kwaito group TKZee talked about the days when they were still pushing a dream and how great it felt when they finally realised their dreams. Some of Mandoza’s friends said he lived his life to the fullest.
Mandoza’s funeral service will take place on Friday (23 September) and he will be laid to rest at the Westpark Cemetery at 11am.
Story by Thulile Gama