As tributes continue to stream in, fans and friends of deceased kwaito icon Mduduzi Mandoza Tshabalala will get an opportunity to honor him at a public memorial service at Ellis Park tomorrow.
Surrounded by loved ones, the 38-year-old kwaito legend died on Sunday following an unsuccessful battle with brain cancer. After battling the disease for a year, Mandoza discovered his cancer had come back seven weeks ago. Thus, he started chemotherapy and fought till the end.
After battling the disease for a year, Mandoza discovered his cancer had come back seven weeks ago. Thus, he started chemotherapy and fought till the bitter end.
His manager Kevin Ntaopane had this to say;
“He was a soldier. He died on the battlefield, he was a fighter. Thank you so much; my brother, may your soul rest in peace.”
Fellow Chiskop band member Siphiwe ‘General’ Sibisi said;
“It’s God’s work that this has happened. South Africa has lost a legend.”
In a briefing held at the Soweto Theatre yesterday; Mandoza’s family said he died an honorable death. Adding that the singer was never a broken man as several speculations suggest.
In addition, his family revealed the musician’s determination to beat the disease. As we all witnessed, Mandoza snubbed his deteriorating health to put up a show at the SABC concert just before his death.
However, he just had to give up the fight on Sunday after he was rushed to a nearby hospital. Shortly after arriving at the hospital and surrounded by family and his managers Mandoza Tshabalala gave up the ghost.
Apparently, Mandoza got his wish as Ntaopane says Mandoza always wanted to spend his last days surrounded by his family and doing what he loved most; making music.
Indeed, the musician lived his life to the fullest. Both family and friends confirmed that through his music, the musician brought people of all backgrounds together.
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South Africa has lost a legend who will forever be remembered worldwide.
While the memorial will take place tomorrow, Mandoza will be laid to rest on Saturday.