Mandoza to be laid to rest tomorrow
South Africa will pay its final respects to Kwaito legend Mandoza at the Grace Bible church in Soweto tomorrow. Yesterday, the music industry, his family and friends paid tribute to his life and contribution to the industry at the Ellispark area in Johannesburg.
Speakers spoke about the way “Mdu” touched their lives, how he encouraged them to follow their dreams and how he reminded them that God was the source of who they are. Mandoza was a loving family man who was truly passionate about his craft.
His wife, Mpho Tshabalala sat in the front row, dressed in mourning black, flanked by her family and friends. Her youngest child sat on her lap paging through a programme, at some stage, perhaps not truly understanding what was going on around her.
As musicians, family and friends remembered the Nkalakatha star in song and dance, tears rolled down his wife’s face, her sons and daughter leaning over as if to comfort her. Nkalakatha played as the musical backdrop to the memorial with a large Mandoza portrait towering over the mourners.
Mduduzi Tshabalala died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer.
He will be remembered for his humble nature and the hits that resonated with many and also gave hope that treasures do come out of the township.