MASKANDI LEGEND TO BE BURIED ON SUNDAY
By: Nhlanhla Mthembu
The award-winning KwaZulu-Natal musician Mtshengiseni “Ndidane” Gcwensa will be laid to rest in his homestead at Msinga, north of KZN on Sunday.
Dumisa Goba, founder of the South African Traditional Music Awards (Satma) and Velo Bhengu a representative of Gcwensa Fan Leadership, called a press conference on Wednesday at the SABC studios to inform media about funeral arrangements for the late legend.
The 39-year-old musician, also known as Ithwasa langampela, recently died after a long illness.
Gcwensa, who was a founding member of popular group Amageza Amahle which was formed in 2004, has over the years scooped a number of awards including nine Satmas’ including for Best Song of the Year, Bestselling Album and Best Composer of the Year.
Bhengu described Gcwensa as one of the most talented artists South Africa has ever produced.
“This was not only proven by the fact that he has won 9 awards with Satma but he has managed to remain popular until his last days,” said Bhengu.
Bhengu said that all members of the public would be allowed to attend the funeral.
“Everyone is welcome to the funeral service of late legend. Whether one was a fan or not but if you want to come, the best thing we can do to remember Ndidane at this moment is to have peace in our hearts and welcome everyone,” said Bhengu.
Goba said that they will do their best to bury the late legend with dignity and respect through the Satma awards funeral scheme.
“The Satma awards funeral scheme will contribute to his funeral not because Gcwensa was broke but this is the best we can do for our legend. We will also like to invite provincial government to assist since we are expecting at least 25 000 people to be present on
Sunday,” said Goba.
Gcwensa’s funeral will commence on Friday with a memorial service that will be held at the eThekwini community church in Durban.
On Saturday, Msinga residents will host a celebration of Gcwensa’s life and the funeral will be held on Sunday from 10 am at the KwaMajozi sport ground.