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Reggae Artist Senzo Mthethwa is still Alive

Senzo Mthethwa is still Alive

Elder Senzo Mthethwa, a South African gospel reggae artist was popular in the 90’s and managed to capture audiences as far as east and central Africa. He was Lucky Dube’s contemporary until his sudden disappearance from the scene. Nobody knew what happened to him until everyone was convinced that he had passed on, even some media reported on his death, not bothering to investigate.  He was more popular and appreciated outside of South Africa, and had seemed to have gained a strong following in Malawi where he even had plans to establish a recording studio, with his Malawian promoter, Tailos Bakili of Tai-B Promotions. The studio was scheduled to open in December 1998, in Blantyre, with the hope of promoting local Malawian artists. Under the new label, to be known as TAI-B Records, the artists would have been promoted both in Malawi and South Africa.

Tragedy struck twice! On one of his many return trips from Malawi, he contracted cerebral malaria infection a sever case of malaria that occurs when infections are complicated by serious organ failures or abnormalities in the patient’s blood or metabolism. The manifestations of severe malaria may include abnormal behavior, impairment of consciousness, seizures, coma, or other neurologic abnormalities. That affected his voice, his weapon, his tool, his life, and he could sing no more. He retreated and was never to be seen or heard of.

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