Rest Easy Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala

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Another giant light has been dimmed in the South African entertainment industry. The sudden passing of iconic star, Kwaito legend and member of iconic group TKZee, Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala has left a sour taste in our mouths.

The mighty has fallen indeed. The Mshengu family and the entire showbiz at large has lost an iconic figure. A gifted man who made such a tremendous mark in the game.

Tokollo Tshabalala was born on 14 October 1976 in Johannesburg. He was one of kwaito’s most renowned musicians, famously known for his song writing, and being a member of TKZee, complementing the group with his unique and catchy rapping skills.

Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala will be remembered as a pioneer of the Kwaito genre with a music career spanning over three decades, writing hit songs, including Mambotje, Dlala Mapantsula and many more.

His endless contributions to the proudly South African genre, Kwaito will live on for future generations to marvel, be inspired and strive to do better and in return inspire the next generation of superstars.

His thumping sense of humour and wit will never be forgotten. Rest Easy soldier.

 A family member found the 45-year-old hit maker’s lifeless body and it is believed that he died during his sleep.

The Mshengu family confirmed the tragic news in a press statement that reads as follows…

“It is with great sadness that the family wishes to confirm the passing of Tokollo ‘Magesh’ Tshabalala.

Magesh, as he was affectionately known, passed away this morning as a result of an epileptic seizure.

The family requests for privacy during this difficult period”.

The family has thanked everyone for the “immense outpour of love, condolences and well wishes”.

The South African Music Awards (SAMA) organisation has paid homage to the late legendary Kwaito star.

“We are saddened by the passing of Tokollo ‘Magesh’ Tshabalala and we would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the Tshabalala and TKZee family. We will always treasure the memories that the Kwaito legend has left us with. RIP Magesh.” They captioned the post.

TKZee’s debut album, Halloween released in 1994 became a monumental hit. Sold over 2000 000 copies and also earned them four South African Music Awards for Best Kwaito album, Best Duo/Group, Best single and Best Kwaito Single.

Tshabalala kept his personal life under wraps and as a result, it is not known if he fathered any children.

Tokollo will be laid to rest tomorrow (19 August), the funeral service will be at Rhema Bible Church North, in Randburg, Johannesburg and buried at Westpark Cemetery.

The Memorial Service will take place on 24 August, at St Stithians Chapel, in Lyme Park, Sandton. Live Stream: www.Facebook.com/TKZeeBand

SA POSITIVE NEWS sends sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Mshengu family and the entertainment industry at large. What a loss!

Go on. Go home Magesh. Heaven could not wait for you!

By Sinenzolo Mondi – Nduku