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COOL Six part biopic Nkalakatha: the Life of Mandoza to premiere on BET on 16 August at 21h00, starring Wiseman Mcube as the late Mduduzi Edmund Tshabalala aka kwaito muso Mandoza. Lorraine Moropa portrays his wife Mpho, who co-produces. Mandoza died in September 2016 after battling a brain tumour. He was 38. >>


18 Jul 2023 15:18

Did you know?

Mandoza loved cartoons and named himself Mandoza after a character cartoon dog Mendoza. 

The trailer and deets:

Other starring cast are:

Lillian Dube as Gogo

Dawn Thandeka King as Nomazwe, his mother Nomazwe

Khotso Phosa As Thembi’nkosi (young Mandoza)

Lindo Sothole as General

Nkosinathi "Mzambiya" Khoza as Lollipop

Fanele Zulu as Nhlanhla

Phineas Bullets as Fana

Commissioning Editor:

Herbert Hadebe.

Executive Producers:

Mpho Tshabalala, Vaughn Eaton, Zuko Nodada, Ipuseng Kotsokoane and McMillan Masoka.

Directed by:

Zuko Nodada, Luthando Lungelo Ngcobo and Luthando Mngomezulu.

Head Writer:

Ayanda Halimana

RIP Mandoza.

18 Jul 2023 15:48

Looks good! - especially with Wiseman as the lead. I wonder if he'll sing or if they'll use Mandoza's original tracks. 

I wish they'd do one on HHP too.

Music and Lights is on my fave mixed tape playlist and I imagine a series about him each time I hear it, specifically because his family never overtly confirmed his cause of death.

His father said he suffered from depression and he himself said he'd attempted suicide before, but his family never said it was suicide in so many words. He was 38 too. 

I'll never forget how tragic it was that Lerato Khanye, the mother of his son, died a month after his death and there were even fewer details about that.

I met them at an Encounters festival when they were still together and it was clear she was madly in love with him. 

The tragic lives of musical icons.

I saw before-fame and after-fame pictures of Amy Winehouse recently and now I can't listen to any song of hers without balling.

19 Jul 2023 17:29

I've investigated the music set-up and it's a mix of both - Wiseman lip syncs in some parts and sings in others so that's gonna be interesting.

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