A friend of the late Idols runner-up Thami Shobede says the singer was underappreciated.  Paying tribute to Shobede at his memorial service in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, Blessing Cele said Shobede was not afforded proper platforms to showcase his talent.

The musician died at the Kalafong hospital in Pretoria last week. Cele says Shobede deserved better.

“Thami felt underappreciated. That voice was not supposed to be just a voice of an artist that ended up in a mediocre level. He should have been celebrated. He should have performed in stadiums. But we are not given those opportunities. Our stadiums are given to those who last dropped albums in America in 1977.”