Kwaito star Mandoza was the man of the moment at the Thank You SABC Music Concert that was held at Orlando Stadium, Soweto, on Saturday.
The singer who has been battling brain cancer, has had his health status translated in different forms. Though recent reports say his condition is critical, he stormed the concert in style.
Kwaito Star Mandoza was escorted into the near-empty stadium by an entourage including; his wife Mpho, their two sons, his mother and his friend and former bandmate from Chiskop; General, all wearing T-shirts with the slogan “Mandoza Forever/Ase Mang le Mang”.
Notably, the disease has taken its toll on the once vibrant musician. But, this did not stop the crowd from calling out his name in excitement. His wife and friend put their arms around him as he performed to ensure he did not fall.
He first performed a song called Bangani Bami (my friends). Afterwards, Mandoza though tired, heeded the call of the crowd who wanted a piece of his biggest hit; Nkalakatha. Shortly after he performed the requested hit song, he was bathed in a new form of energy.
Contrary to public speculations, kwaito star Mandoza assured his fans that he was very much alive. In addition, he thanked fans for their unwavering support over the years.
“I am still alive, le khensa iyahlanya (this cancer cannot defeat me).
“I want to thank you all for your prayers. I made it this far because of your support.
“I have never called myself Nkalakatha (big shot), it was God. And He is the one who has control of our lives.”
Other artists and groups who performed include: Nothembi Mkhwebane; Don Laka; Kholeka; Phumi Maduna; Abigail Kubheka; Dorothy Masuku; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Deborah Fraser; Soweto String Quartet; Arthur Mafokate; Doc Shebeleza and Chomee.
Meanwhile, the much-anticipated Thank You SABC Music Concert which took place on Saturday failed to fill up the 40 000 capacity of Orlando stadium.
The musicians who performed gave their all, but it wasn’t enough to light up the stadium. Some of the people who attended the concert termed it “boring.” On the contrary, the organizer of the event; Mzwakhe Mbulie said the event did fairly well considering surrounding circumstances.
“Personally, I was pleased. It could have been better but there were many challenges. We had a great sound system.”
“Many artists wanted to be part of this, but because we did not have money, it was impossible to allow all of them to perform.
“Yes, we are aware that we are owing artists money.”
Consequently, pictures of an empty stadium dominated social media shortly after the show.