South Africa was saddened by the news of the passing of Kwaito singer Mandoza (38) on Sunday. Mandoza, whose real name was Mduduzi Tshabalala became a star after the release of hit song Nkalakatha in 2000.
He died after battling cancer of the brain for about a year.
CapeTalk's Africa Melane spoke to Danny K, South African musician and producer who also toured with Mandoza. Danny K and Mandoza collaborated on the album 'Same Difference'.
The hardest thing in music is to make a song that appeals to multi genre audience... and I think Mandoza had a way of bridging the divide, of writing a beat that galvanized us all and that made him very special.— Danny K, Musician
No one possessed what Mandoza possessed behind the mic and on stage... he was that special.— Danny K, Musician
Danny K says producer Gabi Le Roux has tons of music that he worked on with Mandoza and hopes that he will soon release some of the songs in his memory.
Listen to Mandoza's long time producer and friend Gabi Le roux speak to Koketso Sachane:
Listen to a conversation between Africa Melane and Danny K on the passing of Kwaito star Mandoza below: