Musician Lucius Banda, commonly known as Soldier, on Sunday paid tribute to South Africa’s kwaito star Mandoza, who died on the same day after a year-long battle with cancer.
Lucius paid tribute to Mandoza, real name Mduduzi Tshabalala, during a show at New Village House in Blantyre.
“It’s sad to lose one of the sons of Africa; he has been there in music and helped propel kwaito. May his soul rest in peace,” said the musician before he dropped the song Pharaoh.
Meanwhile the BBC reported that tributes were pouring in from across South Africa for Mandoza.
It further said that Mandoza, 38, took to the stage in recent weeks at a concert at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, despite having lost his sight due to illness.
His friends and family said he was determined to perform until the end.
The musician’s hit song Nkalakatha has been praised for unifying black and white South Africans.
Nkalakatha, a Zulu word which loosely means “the big boss”, was about celebrating success.
South Africans have taken to social media to send condolences to Mandoza’s family, and it has also become a way of honouring and celebrating the star for his contribution to the local music industry.
According to the BBC, Many are calling him a “legend”, and he is being lauded for putting up a brave fight and insisting on performing even when his health was failing.
Mandoza’s friend Kevin Ntaopane, who said the musician died in his arms, told SABC news about his last words.
“He was sick and was under doctor’s orders but he said ‘I’m going to perform and prove to the people that I’m not dead. I’ll die on the stage‚ I’ll die singing.”
Kwaito is a South African genre of music which emerged in the 1990s, it is a unique dance and house style often likened to US hip-hop.
Mandoza was born in 1978 in Zola, in Soweto, a large township in Johannesburg.
When he was 16 years old he was arrested for stealing a car and spent over a year in prison. After his release he was determined to make a life for himself and formed the group Chiskop, which went on to win multiple local awards.
He used his music to encourage young people in the township to turn away from crime.
The artist had not released a new song in years but his hits, Nkalakatha, Respect Life, Sgelekeqe and Tornado still enjoy massive airplay.
And back to Lucius’ show which pulled an impressive audience, the musician jumped on stage late but he performed for a long time.
This was an afternoon show but it went all the way to the night with Lucius taking over the stage from Nepman.
Lucius noted that there was a lot of talk concerning shows that they do not start on time thereby disappointing fans.
“A lot was said during the recent Busy Signal show but frankly speaking people need to change their mindset because for instance we were here on time and wished we started on time but there were only a few people. Many started coming in late,” he said.
The musician, who is also a Member of Parliament, said it was high time people changed their mindset and started coming to shows in time and that organisers will do the same starting the events on time.
“What happens is that when people come late, they create problems on the door and the blame is placed on the organisers but this is not supposed to be the case. Let us change our mindset, come in time for shows and there will be a change and let’s support the creative sector,” he said.
There was energy in Lucius’ performance as he sang and even danced joining Zembani Band dancers.
There were also moments when fans stepped on stage to show their dancing skills but the special moment was when William Kamgoga popularly known as Malawi’s Kandabongoman took to the stage to announce that Blantyre would compete with Balaka.
Up came Sam Mphande alias Atoti Too Short, who competed with one of the Zembani Band crew and it was an interesting battle that exposed the richness of talent in the country.
There were also performances from Lambanie Dube, Sam Smak and Nepman, who at one time collaborated with San B in the song Chauta Wamphamvu originally done by late Evison Matafale.
“It was a good show and I enjoyed it because Lucius performed more of his old songs,” said Alfred Chigaru.
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