South African music star, Mduduzi Tshabalala, also known as Mandoza, died on Sunday in Johannesburg while undergoing treatment for brain tumor.
#Mandoza Family spokesperson has confirmed Mduduzi Tshabalala passed away at around mid day after being taken to hospital this morning. TK— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) September 18, 2016
His family had earlier on September 6 announced that he was being treated at home after he complained of headache some few weeks ago forcing him to cancel all international shows.
His wife, Mpho Tshabalala, called on South Africans to remember the ill star in their thoughts and prayers.
Mandoza however performed his last show on September 10 at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg organised to honour local music content.
R.I.P poi(Mandoza) I saw u for the last time at Orlando stadium pic.twitter.com/AzoYKnQUtp— Terrence Motsepe (@TerrenceMotsepe) September 18, 2016
The Kwaito musician started his career with his childhood friends in the group Chiskop. The group released its debut album after eight years of being together.
Mandoza later started a solo career and released award-winning albums including Nkalakatha, Godoba and Sgelekeqe.
Mandoza was voted 77th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004 ushering him into the film industry where he played a major role in rugby union-themed feature film, Number 10.
South Africans and the Africa as a whole have expressed their condolences and tributes to Mandoza starting from South African president Jacob Zuma.
President Zuma extends condolences on the passing of Kwaito music legend Mandoza https://t.co/j0wygVYnvp— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) September 18, 2016
Mandoza could walk with Presidents and the homeless and both would revere him. He never pretended to be something he wasn't. He was real— Danny K (@dannykmusic) September 18, 2016
I have never worked with an artist who had the energy and X factor that Mandoza possessed.. And iv worked with them all. He was very special— Danny K (@dannykmusic) September 18, 2016
My last chat with Mandoza was at a gig in KwaThema in July.He had just performed and was heading to another gig…a true soldier to the end— Moeti Tsiki (@moflavadj) September 18, 2016
Mandoza's passing is the loss of a young and valuable life cut in its prime. Rest in peace, son of our soil and musical icon of a generation— Adam Habib (@AdHabb) September 18, 2016
Aaaah! Mandoza. Started a million parties. Sealed weddings. Soundtrack to a political manifesto. Or two. Era defining. RIP.💐💐🌿🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— Ferial Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) September 18, 2016
We would like to extend our deepest condolences for the passing on of Kwaito star Mandoza. Rest in peace Nkalakatha pic.twitter.com/0JHwOCUjZZ— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) September 18, 2016
Paid him a visit last week at his home. He was in high spirits. His hug was so warm. We laughed. I'll hold on to that day. Rip Mandoza ❤️u— somizi somGAGA (@somizi) September 18, 2016
“My main aim was doing music for the people, no matter what colour…I was just doing music” – Mandoza, RIP legend 💔 pic.twitter.com/rjGRi37A5m— Ulrich J van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV) September 18, 2016
Damn man!!! Mandoza left us??? Argh no man!!! This life thing is sooo short. #RIP to the legend!!!— FillUpOrlandoStadium (@CassperNyovest) September 18, 2016
RIP to Mandoza – a life cut short but well lived.— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) September 18, 2016
Devastated! Sad sad day for all South Africans. My friend and music legend is gone. My deepest condolences to Mpho and the family #Mandoza 😢— Danny K (@dannykmusic) September 18, 2016