Tributes continue to pour in for music maestro Dan Tshanda who passed away at the Sandton MediClinic on Saturday. Peers and fans of the singer and producer have also taken to social media to convey their sadness and condolences.

He has been described by many as a legend and a true son of the soil with a rare musical gift. His unique sounds captivated audiences and made him a household name in Africa and the rest of the world.


Despite what the family thought were just minor coughs, the 54-year-old is said to have been in fairly good health, even walking himself into the hospital days ago.

2019 was set to be a big year for the Tshanda family, as Dan Tshanda was meant to release his latest album and his son is taking his first step into higher education.

“It changes a lot because I expected him to be there when I go to university, now he is gone,” says his son , Kevin.

Tshanda, also known to his fans as Makirikiri or the great husband, blew into the music scene in the ’80s. He was then part of the group Splash after the release of the hit album Peacock.

A group he never turned his back on.

“He was like a father to us. He has brought up a lot of people and bands,”says Splash Band Manager, Carlton Madiba.

Arts and Culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, has described Tshanda’s passing as a big blow to the country, and urged his fans to ensure his legacy isn’t forgotten.


Plans for his memorial and funeral are still under way.

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