Rest in Peace Senyaka
Written by: Mpho Raphata
It’s true what they say about music. It has a way of taking you back to a time that you had forgotten, a time that you had safely packed away.
Yesterday when I heard that Senyaka had passed away, I was shocked, but I guess the news didn’t really resonate with me until I heard his song on 180 with Bob this morning. I found myself pumping the volume up, which to the surprise of my children who gave me the side-eye about this song they didn’t know and probably had never heard of, for me I was back in the late 80’s when the song was released.
The song ‘Hero’ took me back to primary school; I remember seeing Senyaka pick up his girlfriend with a yellow Beatle many times. When I could connect him with the music, I liked him more- and didn’t know him from a bar of soap. He was always so pleasant, laughing, always taking a moment to greet us young ones then.
When I came across him years later, a bit older then, I still experienced him as a fun loving warm person. Even when you came across him, at a mall, he would have people around him. He was that kind of entertainer, he was looking for ways to connect with the public, almost like telling a story that normal people could identify with.
His Moruti wa Tsotsi movies are hilarious; they were a real hit, It is a pity that they will not make those anymore.
We were truly blessed to have had this kind of entertainer, who was genuine in his music and life. Who all of us could identify with.
Heaven is really rich and is enveloped by real talent, people who truly lived life.
Rest in peace Moruti wa Tsotsi