Ex-gangster writes song for mentor Mandoza who saved his life

Johannesburg — Mandoza’s protégé is set to release a song dedicated to his mentor, to thank him for helping him change his life.

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According to Sowetan, Pascal Mazibuko is set to release a song titled Mandoza uTshabalala next week, nearly four months after his record label boss died following a long battle with cancer.

Pascal, a gangster-turned-musician, was the first artiste signed by Mandoza under his Nkalakatha Records label.
Mandoza’s wife confirmed Pascal’s addition to the label during her husband’s funeral. His release will be the first from the label.

The rapper wrote the song when Mandoza first fell ill, encouraging him to get better.

He was able to perform it for his mentor a month before Mandoza’s death in September last year and later performed the song at his funeral.

Speaking to the paper recently, Pascal said he would probably still be living a life of crime had it not been for Mandoza’s influence in his life.

“I will forever thank Mandoza for helping me. Today, I am a husband and a father of two. He made me realise that I have talent and I needed to stop doing crime. When I moved to Port Elizabeth to start afresh, he used to come and check on me,” he said.

The kwaito legend’s death late last year shocked the nation, with tributes pouring in from friends and fans across the country.

Stricken by illness, Mandoza performed one last time at the Thank You SABC Music Concert just days before his death.

Several weeks after Mandoza’s death, Pascal took to Facebook to share his heartbreak.

“The day I will never forget in my life. My king. My teacher. My boss, even now. My hero. My icon. My legend. My big brother. The day when he said I am ready now to blow up, I said I promise to make him proud,” Pascal wrote.

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