The South African Music Awards (SAMA) have joined the nation to pay tribute to the late kwaito star Takolo ‘Magesh’ Tshabalala.

Tshabalala, who was a member of the legendary kwaito group TKZee, died on Monday at the age of 45 after suffering an epileptic seizure.

Tshabalala and the TKZee group have received numerous SAMAs, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

SAMA spokesperson Leslie Mafokeng says the industry is poorer without the talented Tshabalala.

“We will always remember the moment at SAMA 5 when TKZee walked away with four trophies in one night. It was a testament to the hard work they put into making their sound unique and representative of the times we were in. The three men, Tokollo, Kabela Mabelane and Zwai Bala, were recognized for their hard work and the spirit they put into creating timeless music that will be remembered for years to come.”

The family thanked South Africans for their condolences:

TKZee member Zwai Bala shared his last moments with Tshabalala.

“After I got the news yesterday, I went to where he was and he was still there and I asked to talk to him for a minute to bond, just to say, ‘hey boy, right? ‘. And I am grateful for this opportunity.”

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