South African kwaito legend Mandoza died at 38
South African kwaito musician Mduduzi Edmund Tshabalala, better known as Mandoza, died on Sunday (Sept18) after a long battle against a pharyngeal cancer.
According to his family, Mandoza waited in vain for at least three hours for an ambulance at his home, as a last resort his manager used a private vehicle to ferry Mandoza to hospital but he died in the car just before arriving at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.
Just ten days ago, the singer performed at a national concert (the Thank You SABC), despite his family announcing days earlier that he had been diagnosed with head and neck cancer. It was his last performance.
South Africans are mourning the death of a legend and lots of tributes came from all over the country: president Jacob Zuma said the country had lost one of its “pioneers” who “achieved the unique crossover culturally to be enjoyed by both black and white South Africans.” Others, including opposition leader Mmusi Maimane, took to social media to remember the musician, who pioneered the kwaito. This music genre, similar to hip-hop, emerged in Johannesburg in the late 1980s.