Arts And Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa's statement on the passing of Dan Tshanda

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06 Jan 2019

6 January 2019

 Arts And Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa's statement on the passing of Dan Tshanda

Minister Nathi Mthethwa is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of the legendary, venerable icon and music maestro of note- Mr Dan Tshanda. Mr Tshanda died aged 54, of reported heart failure on Saturday.

Over the years he had come to be known by his adoring fans as "Makirikiri", "The Great Husband" and "Bass D". He started out as a newspaper vendor and taxi driver before pursuing a career in music. Dan made a name for himself both locally and in the rest of Africa as not just a performer and producer but the creator of renowned groups including "Dalom Kids" and "Matshikos". It was hit group Splash's album "Peacock" that would launch its wild success. In his own words, Dan Tshanda described himself as "Musician, Producer for Splash, Patricia Majalisa, Dalom Kids, Matshikos, Peacock, and many more..."

It was only this past Christmas Eve that Bra Dan posted a video on social media promising his fans that 2019 will bring both change and exciting new ventures. As excited as we all were at these news, we are sad to note that this will no longer be the case.

"The loss of Mr Tshanda is a major blow to the country. It is truly a blessing for us as a country to have had such a talented artiste who played a big role in promoting the South African brand of music throughout the continent- his music crossed borders and united fans throughout Africa. His final promise to his fans was that of new music and musical ventures this year. Painful as it may that he has died before personally fulfilling this promise, perhaps then it is left to us, particularly the lovers of music in the form of fans, who artists rely on for the success of their music... Through him, TshiVenda music will never be forgotten. We owe Bra Dan and all other artistes par excellence, both them that we have lost, and those we are still privileged to have with us, to make a renewed commitment to support (with relentless vigour) proudly South African music.

Death has been particularly selfish when it comes to our musicians and purveyors of this country's creative arts industry. We have lost far too many of our nation's jewels over recent years. It is heart-breaking that we begin 2019 on such a devastating note.

I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Dan Tshanda's family, his children, his music family, his friends, his fans and the music fraternity as a whole." - Hon. N. Mthethwa.

For further information, and interview requests please contact: Asanda Magaqa, Spokesperson for the Minister of Arts and Culture – 072 372 6807 and