Mandoza death: Tributes paid to South Africa kwaito star

Legendary Kwaito star Mandoza has died

Legendary Kwaito star Mandoza has died

"That was Mandoza, the super star and the Mandoza that most of us got to know through his music, but I was lucky enough to get to know the man behind the music", Danny K said.

Mziwakhe Tshabalala says although this is a sad time for the family, they have accepted that Mandoza is gone.

His last performance was at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto where he strived to perform till the end despite his deterioriating health condition.

Hundreds of people have taken to social media to pay tribute to the singer, praised for using his music to send positive messages and trying to highlight social problems affecting South Africa.

South African musician Mandoza poses backstage at an MTV Base event in Johannesburg, on April 20, 2005.

Zuma described Mandoza as a pioneer of Kwaito music and said he would be missed by all. "May his soul rest in peace‚" Zuma said.

"We surrender to the Almighty who restores our lives".

Journalist Lopang Alamu reports that Mandoza's wife confirmed in an exclusive interview with the SABC that her husband had a brain tumor and was partially blind.

At the time of his death Mandoza had released 15 solo albums, including the critically acclaimed Nkalakatha, whose title track remains one of the biggest crossover songs in the country. The Democratic Alliance extended its condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones as well.

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