Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has paid tribute to music icon Thokola Tshabalala, fondly known as ‘Magesh’, for his contribution to the sector.

According to reports, Tshabalala died on Monday due to an epileptic seizure.

The minister said Tshabalala was a renowned musician who was renowned for his immense contribution to the development of South African art and culture.

He is well known for his work in the pioneering Kwaito music group, TKZEE, formed in the 90s with Kabelo Mabelane and Zwai Bala, a group that rose to fame with the hits “Phalafala” and “Shibobo”.

“Magesh will forever be remembered as a musical and cultural pioneer who used his artistry as a weapon to uplift and develop the youth of post-apartheid South Africa. His contribution to the arts will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in peace,” said Mthetwa. –

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