It been nearly two months since South Africa lost kwaito icon Mandoza, but musician Doc Shebeleza says his memory and legacy lives on.
Doc Shebeleza was one of the first people at Mandoza’s house, following the icon’s death in September. He also helped to arrange the funeral service for his friend.
Sitting down with TshisaLIVE recently, Doc Shebeleza reflected on his relationship with Mandoza and how people often misjudged the Nkalakatha hitmaker.
“It was interesting because I had a hit before him, and he would call me Grootman because of it. But Mandoza was like a brother to me. We loved and supported each other so much. He looked arrogant and like a thug, but he really wasn’t like that,” Doc said.
The pair would often travel across the country together, promoting their music. Doc remembered those moments fondly and said that while Mandoza “loved to have fun” he was also “very disciplined”.
But even he was surprised when Mandoza told his friend that he was planning to get married.
“You know; I was actually surprised when he married Mpho. I thought: ‘this boy is taking chances’, because he was a crazy boy who liked to have fun- you know, go clubbing and stuff. It was nice and even I did that when I was young but I wondered how he would be as a married man. But look, they (Mandoza and Mpho) were married for 18 years,” Doc said.
Doc admitted that Mandoza’s funeral could have gone better, but said he was grateful to the star for reuniting the industry, and old friends.
“Mandoza left a lasting memory for many of us and his death brought us (music veterans) together again. Sure, we were friends before, but many of us hadn’t spoken in months. And, suddenly, me and the likes of Arthur (Mafokate), Mdu (Masilela), Oskido, TK and DJ Sbu were just chilling. It was amazing. We are now having lunch together and reflecting on the past and future of the industry.
In fact, Doc says that the veterans have discussed the need to reinject the kwaito industry in tribute to Mandoza so that his legacy will live on for generations to come.
Source : Online