The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Mr. Senzo Mchunu is saddened by the untimely death of yet another popular musician, Mr. Mtshengiseni Gcwensa. This is a huge blow to the province and the music industry. Indidane, as Mtshengiseni was popular known, has made a big contribution to the music industry, and many people loved him for his unusual entertaining style.

The province have lost one of its heroes, a man of the people, from whom we still expected a lot. “It is not a good thing to lose a person as young and talented as Mtshengiseni”said the Premier.

As a province, we are happy about the abundance of talent in our province. “It is therefore much said news to accept that we have lost this charismatic musician of note, who was an idol to our aspiring youth” said the Premier. The fact that he already has 18 awards under his belt at this early stage of his career, suggest that he was a very talented musician of note.

We are very shocked by his death. The nation is very poorer without him, and our people have lost a hero
His music has ignited a healthy competition in the Maskandi genre, in a process unearthed new talents. In our province and elsewhere, his memory will live on.

On behalf of the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal and its people, I would like to convey my condolences to Gcwensa family, his band, and everyone who was touched by his soulful music.

May His Soul Rest In Peace

Issued by the Office of the Premier


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Mtshengiseni Gcwensa with Maskandi music awardsPopular Maskandi musician Mtshengiseni Gcwensa who died earlier this week will be buried on Sunday.

The 39-year-old musician will be buried in Msinga, his place of birth.

He is expected to be laid to rest at 10am at Kwa-Majozi Village in Emngeni.

Scores of traditional Zulu music lovers and high profile guests are expected to be in attendance to pay their last respects to the man fondly known as Ndidane.

Prior to his funeral, two memorial services are set to be held on Friday.

There will be a service of remembrance for him at eThekwini Community Church in Durban.

Another memorial service will take place in downtown Johannesburg at a venue yet to be confirmed.