Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala, a member of the kwaito group TKZee, has passed away.
In a Monday afternoon message, his family provided confirmation of the information.
How Did TKZee member Tokollo ‘Magesh’ Tshabalala Die?
Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala, a revered Kwaito artist and founding member of the ground-breaking band TKZee, has passed away. He was 45.
One of the most well-known kwaito performers, Tshabalala was renowned for his songwriting and rapping abilities.
Privateness has been requested by his family during this trying time.
According to City Press, Magesh’s body was discovered by a family member in the morning, and it is thought that he died while he was sleeping.
Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala cause of death
The son of Stanley “Screamer” Tshabalala and a member of the kwaito band TKZee, Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala, has passed away.
Under the condition of anonymity, a family told the newspaper that his death might have been related to his struggle with epilepsy.
According to reports, he was simply lying in bed with no obvious damage to his body.
The kwaito legend “died away this morning as a result of an epileptic episode,” his family said in a statement.
Magesh was born Tokollo Tshabalala on October 14, 1976 in Johannesburg.
Who was Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala?
He joined the band Mashsmplani as a student at St. Stithians College, and his musical career quickly took off.
Tokollo Mabalane, Kabelo Mabalane, and Zwai Bala, three of his high school mates, created TKZee, an acronym for Tokollo, Kabelo, and Zwai, which would go on to become one of the best musical groups to emerge from Mzansi.
Halloween, the debut album by TKZee, went on to receive high praise from critics and had singles like We Love This Place.
The Recording Industry of SA awarded the record a platinum certification because it sold over 200 000 copies. The Best Kwaito Album, Best Duo/Group, Best Single, and Best Kwaito Single categories at the SA Music Awards were also won by them thanks to it.
Benni McCarthy, the current strikers coach for Manchester United, and TKZee worked together to record Shibobo in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in 1998.
The song was dedicated to the 1998 Fifa World Cup and became a smash hit, catapulting them to international fame.
A year later, TKZee issued Guz 2001, a compilation album by the TKZee Family, which also included additional artists from their record label TKZ Wrekords, such as Gwyza, Loyiso, 2 Shot, Dr. Mageu, and Kutlwano Masote, in addition to the original TKZee members.
He demonstrated that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because both he and his father, soccer coach Stanley “Screamer” Tshabalala, were creative geniuses in their own right.
Tshabalala will be recognised as a Kwaito genre pioneer with a more than three-decade-long musical career who wrote popular songs including Mambotje and Dlala Mapantsula. Childhood friends Zwai Bala, a composer, and Kabelo Mabalane, a musician who later became a pastor and an anti-drug crusader, founded TKZee. While attending the esteemed St. Stithians College, the three became friends.
At the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony at Soccer City (FNB stadium) in Johannesburg, the renowned Kwaito trio performed their number-one single Shibobo.
Tshabalala did not maintain a continuous public profile during the past 10 years, in contrast to the later two who did so in their following careers.
He admitted guilt in 2007 for a motor vehicle collision in Botswana that claimed one life.
Tshabalala thought that God had saved him from a Botswana prison:
Ja, I was ready to face the music, but God, ntanga (homey), did it again because (that) Tuesday happened to be a public holiday in Botswana.
Every morning, he claimed, he prayed to God and was sure that the Botswana courts would find him innocent.
Tribute to Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala death
The deceased’s family has asked for privacy during this trying time and promised to release information about his memorial ceremony and funeral when the time is right.
For immediate release. Lala ngo xolo Mshengu #RIPMagesh pic.twitter.com/oBbEnn7udB— TKZee (@tkzeeband) August 15, 2022
🕊️| The DA is saddened by the passing of legendary kwaito artist and member of TKZee, Tokollo 'Magesh' Tshabalala.— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) August 15, 2022
South Africa has lost yet another talented individual. We send our heartfelt condolences to Magesh's family and loved ones during this difficult time.💙#RipMagesh pic.twitter.com/5UeM0vlurA
Rest In Eternal Peace Grootman 🙏🏽🤦🏽♂️ #RIPMagesh #TKZee pic.twitter.com/aNeMXZWUZW— Dibila (@CoolPhola_MP) August 15, 2022
The best to ever do it #RIPMagesh 🕊@GeshOmega pic.twitter.com/TIcM8j7Mjp— Mrs Maziba 💕 (@DaisyLerato) August 15, 2022
Stanley “Screamer” Tshabalala’s old team, the Orlando Pirates, also posted a statement on social media.
Orlando Pirates football club is saddened by the news of the passing of the son of Mr Stanley Tshabalala, Tokollo. Tokollo, who also goes by the name of Magesh, was a renowned musician, famously known for his song writing and being a member of the group TKZee. We convey our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Tshabalala family and pledge our profound moral support,
In due course, specifics on the funeral will be released.
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