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Kwaito legend, ‘Magesh’ has died

TKZee band member and Kwaito music star Tokollo “Magesh” Tshabalala, son of soccer legend Stanley “Screamer” Tshabalala, has died. He was 45.

The family issued a statement announcing the passing of their son, Tokollo Tshabalala (aka Magaesh), had died of a seizure.

“It is with great sadness that the family wishes to confirm the passing of Tokollo Tshabalala, as he was affectionately known Magaesh, passed away this morning as a result of an epileptic seizure,” read the statement.

TKZee is a kwaito music group widely considered to be the founders of the South African kwaito genre. The trio’s founding members are Tokollo Tshabalala, Kabelo Mabalane, and Zwai Bala.

The group shot to fame in late 1997 and early 1998 with their hit singles “Phalafala” and “Shibobo.”

Over time, according to Forbes, Tokollo Tshabalala has built a strong fan base, which has given them much-needed publicity both in South Africa and globally. Their popularity has won them several awards and led to endorsement deals.

TKZee performed its hit single “Shibobo” at the opening ceremony for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, held at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg.

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