LEGENDARY MASKANDI SINGER DIES
By: Mhleli Mkhize
Legendary Maskandi singer Mtshenigseni Gcwensa has died at the age of 39 after suffering from a long illness.
The Msinga-born artist‚ better known as Ndidane‚ died at a hospital in Dundee on Monday.
According to news reports, he had been in and out of hospital since October last year.
His publicist and manager, Veloh Bhengu, said that he was suffering from Tuberculosis (TB).
“He suffered from asthma from early childhood and it later developed to TB,” said Bhengu.
Gcwensa‚ also known as ‘iThwasa Langempela’‚ was part of popular group Amageza Amahle.
He was also a solo artist who won nine South African Traditional Music Awards
(SATMA) including Best Song of the Year‚ Best Selling Album and Best Composer of the Year.
His work was also recognized by Amantshontsho KaMaskandi Awards.
“It is always a tragedy when we lose one of our legendary artists who helped preserve and promote KZN’s diverse culture.
Gcwensa’s passing is a huge loss to the music industry, his music was enjoyed by both young and old,” the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture’s Sibongile Nzimande said in a statement.
IFP MP Blessed Gwala reportedly described Gcwensa’s death as another great loss in the SA music industry.
“Indidane has won several awards over nine years he will be fondly remembered as a gifted musician, loving family man, and dynamic performer,” said Gwala.
According to a Facebook post by one of Gcwensa’s fans, Dumisani Kunene, Indidane will always be remembered for role in the Maskandi industry.
“Indeed the man has left this world to rest, let us remember him by his songs and thank the Lord for blessing us with his presence,” said Kunene.
Funeral details are yet to be announced.