Mandoza would have turned 40 next week. As with most musicians who pass on, they leave a treasure trove of music behind and Mandoza is no different.
What's unique about Mandoza's situation is the sentiment of the song. It's called Back for More and is expected to be available for download across the major streaming platforms on 17 January.
As you've probably guessed from the title, this was a carefully chosen first single with the job of sending the message that Mandoza live on. "His body is gone but his soul is coming back for more in the music industry," Mpho Tshabalala, Mandoza's widow told TimesLIVE. But this is only "the introduction of his unreleased material" and we should expect more in future.
What would a modern-day Mandoza sound like? Kwaito has pretty much taken a back seat to newer genres like gqom and in the face of hip hop's dominance. Even efforts by K.O's Cashtime Life didn't bring it back all the way with the reimagined skhanda sound.
If you were at Afropunk Joburg, you'll know that kwaito definitely still has a place. Thebe's performance was nothing short of magic and it showed that there's still a generation that's hungry for it. If Mandoza hadn't left us so soon, maybe, just maybe, he could have been the guy to bring it back. If he could make Nkalakatha basically become the second national anthem, he could bring kwaito back.
Expect a review of Back for More when it drops.