Bulawayo mourns music legend Dan Tshanda

Bulawayo music fans are mourning following the passing on of king of disco music Dan Ndivhiseni Tshanda on Saturday. Tshanda, founder of Dalom Music, succumbed to a heart failure and was pronounced dead on arrival at Sandton Med Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Chengetai Murimwa

The 54 year old music producer was the founder of Matchikos, Splash, Dalom Kids and also produced Patricia Majalisa under his Dalom Music stable.

Shocked by his sudden death his fans in Bulawayo took to micro blogging site twitter to express their loss. Journalist Nqaba Matshazi tweeted, “Dan Tshanda’s music gave soul to many shebeens in Bulawayo”.

“His music is part of the soundtrack of my youth in Bulawayo,” wrote another fan on his tweeter page.

Politician Linda Masarira who spent part of her working life in the City of Kings wrote: “Africa has lost an artist par excellence. For years Christmas in Bulawayo wasn’t Christmas without Splash music. Your music will live on”.

Some music fans who spoke to zifmnews.com in Bulawayo said Tshanda changed people’s lives in the City of Kings and Queens through his music.

“I grew up listening to iSplash and I never missed an opportunity to attend his shows whenever he performed in Bulawayo. His music raised most people especially from Bulawayo,” said Ntobeko Ndlovu.

Some fans are criticizing South Africans for not celebrating Tshanda as much as he was celebrated in neighbouring countries.

Tshanda had a huge fan base in Botswana and Zimbabwe especially Bulawayo where he drew huge crowds during his annual festivals with groups from his stable such as Splash, Dalom Kids and Patricia Majalisa.

Tshanda's first album with Splash, Peacock, was very successful in 1986 and it was followed by numerous others such as Ndincedeni, Whos Gonna Chenge the World and Uzozisola just to mention a few. 

The king of disco music might be gone but his music will keep booming in sheebens, beerhalls, kombis and parties in the City of Kings and Queens.

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