38-year- old kwaito legend Mandoza was admitted to hospital a week ago, and his family later confirmed that he was home and in a stable condition. But Sunday afternoon Mduduzi aka Mandoza Tshabalala lost his battle to cancer at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. It was reported that he was diagnosed with brain tumor after recovering from a skin cancer scare in 2015.
Born Mduduzi Edmund Tshabalala in Zola Soweto, in 1978, Mandoza shared a house with his two sisters, mother and grandparents. At the age of 16, he was convicted of car theft and served a one-and- a-half year sentence in Diepkloof prison.
Subsequently he turned to music, forming the group, Chiskop, which achieved major success among kwaito fans. This drew the attention of Arthur Mafokate and the group’s songs were played on a number of prominent radio stations.
However, Mandoza then went solo, releasing Nkalakatha in 2000, catapulted him to widespread fame and multi-platinum status. He was voted 77th in the top 100 great South Africans in 2004, releasing a number of albums throughout his career.
He survived with wife Mpho and four children.