Mduduzi Edmund Tshabalala also known as Mandoza, was a South African kwaito musician.   He was born on January 19, 1978  and died on September 18, 2016.

Mandoza was born in the Zola South section of Soweto. He never knew his father, his mother claiming that he was murdered the same year Mandoza was born. When he was sixteen years old he was charged with stealing a car and received a one-and-a-half year sentence, which he served in Diepkloof prison.

When he was released from prison, Mandoza formed the group Chiskop along with three childhood friends, S’bu, Siphiwe and Sizwe.

His talents were discovered by Arthur Mafokate also known as the King of Kwaito

He was first played on air by DJ Sipho Mbatha A.K.A. Sgqemeza of Durban Youth Radio now joined Ukhozi FM.

Mandoza strives to give an inspirational message to Kwaito. Mandoza uses his music as a way to encourage young South Africans to achieve their goals. His song Uzoyithola Kanjani means “how are you going to get it, if you don’t get up and go for it.” He credits much of his success to his mentor, Glenn Morris, who helped him during his drug addled early years.

His family has sadly confirmed that he lost his battle to cancer earlier today, about a year after he had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

He was admitted to hospital a week ago, with his family later confirming that he was home and in a stable condition.

Fans have already taken to social media to express their shock at the musician’s passing.