Condolences to the family of the kwaito star Mandoza who recently passed away.

According to his wife, Mpho Tshabalala, Mandoza took his last breath at the entrance of Charlotte Maxeke hospital. That is where she was rushing him to get help following complications with his health earlier in the day. While plans had been made for Mandoza to begin chemotherapy, he sadly met his untimely death before the treatment could commence.

Mandoza’s passing marked an end of an era in the Kwaito genre characterized by its rough guy image that was uniquely South African with Mandoza as one of its respected Commanders In Chief.

He began his music career with the outfit formed with his friends called Chiskop. In 1999 he went solo and released an album called 9115 Zola South, which earned him the 2000 FNB South African Best Newcomer. After the Y2k hype, he released his best known song, Nkalakatha, produced by well-known music producer Gabi le Roux. Nkalakatha went on to win him the 2001 South African Music Award in both Song of the year and Best Kwaito Music Album categories.

We decided to curate tweets which we felt commemorated Mandoza legacy and of course are worth sharing.

“Mandoza’s videos were just too real. No make up selling us beauty dreams, just kasified and lekker local inspired…”

“With your single hit song Nkalakatha u crossed the racial divide and borders, u have run your race…”

“When the dust settles we’ll realise that Mandoza contribution to a unified SA was just as important as Madiba’s…”

“If you look deep enough you’ll see music; the heart of nature being everywhere music…”