It was a friendship born out of their mutual love of music and football for Benny McCarthy and the late TKZee rapper Tokollo ‘Magesh’ Tshabalala.
As the son of Orlando Pirates director Stanley Tshabalah, the soccer star has developed a deep bond with the singer.
Takola – one-third of Kwaito group TKZee, whose surviving members include Kabela Mabalan and Zwai Bala – died of an epileptic fit on Monday August 15, his family confirmed. He was 45 years old.
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BENNY MCCARTHY PAYS TRIBUTE TO TAKOLLA AKA “MAGESH”
The Manchester United first team coach shared a special tribute to the TKZee star on his Instagram account.
“Rest in Peace King Magesh,” he shared alongside a photo of him and TKZee for their hit collaboration Sibabo.
He has also posted pictures of himself and the band over the years on his Instagram stories.
Benny McCarthy was named an honorary member of the TKZee family along with musician Lois Ball; Gywza, and the late Dr. Mageu.
In 1998, TKZee released a football-themed track Sibabo ahead of Bafana Bafana’s stay at the World Cup.
U Sibabo – which is South African slang for a football move and making a fool of an opponent – Benny was not only the subject of a hit, but also starred in it.
The athlete was also noted for hitting goals in the “18 zone”, as sung in the song.
TKZEE Members “BROKEN”
Meanwhile, TKZee manager Refiloe Ramogase revealed that both Zwai and Kabela were left “heartbroken” following Tokollo’s death.
He told Daily sun a trio of high school friends: “We’re talking about the lifelong friendship and brotherhood that comes with the greatest music this country has ever heard and experienced.
“Gentlemen are not in order. It’s like losing a sibling and that’s why they’re not talking to the media right now. They are going through a lot.”
One of TKZee’s last appearances was at the Celeb City boxing event in Sun City in April.