A final good bye
A send-off of a true giant, We all bid farewell to Mandoza , Mduduzi Tshabalala from the Grace Bible Church in Soweto today. Again Mandoza brought South Africans together as he did with his music. A testimony of how he touched so many lives. Whether you watched on TV, online or even on social media many of us from home, work, you somehow were part of saying goodbye.
The Grace bible church was packed to the rafters this morning to say a final goodbye. I couldn’t help but watch how his wife Mpho was holding up. I can only imagine what it must be like to lose a spouse, your pillar, your strength. As I was watching his mother , I wondered what she was feeling, as a parent you wish only the best for your children. You never want to be the one burying them. As for his children, Mandoza and Mpho really raised strong children
As the proceedings went on, I saw a life well lived, a life full of colour, melodic sounds. I saw a life, lived in love and service.
Every speaker, every musical note really brought Mdu to life for me. His pictures around the auditorium, my heart smiled every time his music played at an interval. the joy in the feet of the people who danced, the melody from the singing voices it really touched my heart.
His uncle, Muziwakhe Tshabalala said a brief goodbye. Manager Kevin Ntaopane observed a moment of silence to reflect, that touched me. Things came full circle for me when his father in law wore the suit he wore to Mandoza and Mpho’s Wedding to the funeral. The love and respect that signified for me.
When Tokollo his son,stood up to say goodbye to his dad and when his wife Mpho recalled the day before he died I was weakened but was encouraged that Mandoza’s family was together through it all.
When kwaito musicians went on stage, I went back to my youth and even started to dance.
I will miss Mdu’s electric performances and love for life.
Lala ngo xolo , Godoba , Nkalakata – Mshengu.
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