Photo: @Mandozaoriginal (Twitter)
On Sunday (18 September 2016), South Africa bid farewell to kwaito legend Thembinkosi Mduduzi Edmund Tshabalala, better known by his stage name Mandoza.
The 38-year old star is said to have been receiving cancer treatment since late 2015 and the disease had later spread to his brain where a cancerous tumor developed. In his last days the disease had affected even his eyesight but, he wanted to continue performing said Kevin Ntaopane, manager to Mandoza.
Mandoza is described as someone who was a people’s person and as a young man he participated in gymnastics with his childhood friend and co-member of the kwaito group Chiskop, Sphiwe ‘General’, where they both travelled to London, England and Italy.
“It was his wish to perform at Orlando stadium this coming Saturday (24 September 2016) in the Brown Dash Tribute Concert” said Ntaopane.
A memorial service for Mandoza will be held this coming Wednesday at the Ellis Park arena, around 12:00pm. The funeral will be held this coming Saturday (24 September 2016). Specific details regarding funeral arrangements will be communicated.
The family would like to express their gratitude for all the support they have received in these trying times and want the public to know that Mandoza will not be buried as a pauper, the family will take care of all funeral costs.
In a media briefing the family held today at the Soweto theatre, Kevin Ntaopane told the media that Mandoza wanted to be remembered as a legend and as an inspiration to his children and fans and he did not want to be mourned.He was a performer and that’s what he loved. Before his performance last week Saturday at the SABC concert he said “I need my stage, I need my mike, I need to perform to the people I love”.
Mandoza’s Last performance at the SABC concert, Video courtesy of: SABC News Digital (YouTube)