Kwaito superstar Mandoza dies from cancer
Kwaito legend Mduduzi Tshabalala, AKA Mandoza, has died at the age of 38. The exact cause of his death is still unclear but initial reports suggest he may have succumbed to the pharyngeal cancer he was battling.
Mandoza was one of the forerunners in the local Kwaito music scene receiving great acclaim with his solo album 9II5 Zola South, for which recieved a FNB South African Music Awards Best Newcomer nomination in 2000. The album went on to sell more than 100 000 units.
He continued his rise to stardom with the release of his album Nkalakatha in 2000 which achieved multi-platinum status. The title track became a crossover sensation and topped of the charts on radio stations throughout South Africa. This album won the Best Kwaito Music Album category and the album’s title track won the Song Of The Year category at the South African Music Awards in 2001.
Mandoza will be remembered as a Kwaito legend who used his music to encourage the youth of South Africa to strive and better themselves.