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New Mandoza Single To Drop On The Late Kwaito Star’s 40th Birthday

The song will be produced by Mandoza's longtime producer Gabi Le Roux.

A new single by South African kwaito star Mandoza, who died in 2016, will be released on January 17, his 40th birthday, Sowetan LIVE reports.


The song, which will be called "Back For More," is produced by Gabi Le Roux, who produced many of MDZ's hits including the mega hit "Nkalakatha."

Le Roux told Sowetan LIVE, "We're doing this to celebrate him and also to keep his rich legacy alive."

Vaughn Eaton, the late artist's manager, also confirmed that a Mandoza clothing range will be launched in partnership with the South African label Magents Clothing.

"In launching his clothing line, Mandoza Estate has also partnered with retail stores across the country for the manufacturing and distribution of the apparel. The iTsotsi Yase Kasi T-shirts are a sample of what is to come as we develop the full clothing range for release later on," said Le Roux.

The late kwaito star's widow, Mpho Tshabalala, told Sowetan LIVE that there were more songs by Mandoza that should be released in future, adding, "Last year, I could not do more to push his legacy because it was still fresh."

"We used his birthday to launch the two because we want the legacy to have a meaning," she said.

Revisit our list of Mandoza's 10 best songs, here.

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Image courtesy of Peintre Obou.

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Gbais Obou Yves Fredy better known as Peintre Obou is an Ivorian artist whose work is centered around the political-military crisis in his home. To date, his career has been an exploration of his passion for the human condition and the traumas he has experienced as a result of human-orchestrated disasters. He goes as far as highlighting life in the slums and the individuals who opened their arms to him in the lowly communes of Abidjan. He distinctively distorts the faces of his subjects with masks and places vibrant colors upon their bodies as he weaves tales of war, trauma, suffering, and oppression.

Last summer, the Ivorian commune of Abobo underwent renovation in a project titled, Abobo E Zo commissioned by the Minister Hamed Bakayoko. Not only were downtrodden areas within the community rehabilitated and sanitized but multiple buildings around the populous commune were painted to the delight of residents. It was street art set on enlightening a disadvantaged community piloted by Obou with help from hundreds of crafty volunteers.

This interview was conducted in French and has been translated and edited for length and clarity.

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