How Tokollo Magesh Tshabalala Got To Audition For Mdu Masilela

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So, once upon an era – back in the day- Sara Masilela the wife to Kwaito star Mdu Masilela. She gets home all excited. 

 Thus she whispers to Mdu, also known as the Godfather. Sara of Saratainment, the management wing of Masilela’s music affairs, says…, ‘Baby, you got to see him. I would love for you to see him, he is quiet, uhm…, Please…, give him a listen. There is something about him – he has something to offer to Kwaito.’

‘Hayi, I am busy.’ Mdu dismissively retorts at the hour. Indeed, hays kabi, hits such as Y U4 Me and Tsiki Tsiki got him busy. He gets calls for this or that interview and runs to that other gig and another. But Sara got persistent. Hence today, the writer hears -from Mdu- the following…,

 

“Eventually, I listen to him. For two to -three times, and he even does some auditioning for me. He is shy but becomes a live-wire when he performs – showing energy and talent. So, I go back to my wife. I say you are right about him.” Therefore Mdu features Tokollo Magesh Tshabalala in the group project he titles Mashamplani – a flexible music exhibition platform for emerging talent. In the 1995 track Hey Kop, Magesh is not just part of the chorus chanting trio of Sbu Ntshangase and Pro Ngubane.  He gets his piece of solo action rolling out the kwaito-chanty line…,

Cam’ kuthi uz’bhekile, Cam’ kuthi uyaz’ voorstana

 

“That is his (Magesh) first opportunity featuring in a professional studio song with a professional producer,” says Mdu.

It was a happy moment. But now…, The news arrives to declare a blue Monday of 15 August 2022. Hawu bakithi, kuthiwa akasekho u Magesh. Kunukwa nanku umkhuma okuthiwa yi epilepsy. Of course, for the Shabalala family, it is painful. To Lose a son, about two months before his 46th birthday that he would have had on 14 October. Born in 1976, the body of Tokollo, a.k.a, Magesh Tshabalala, also expires just a year ahead of what would have been a quarter of century of celebration of the TKZee Halloween album.

Er! Pause, then rewind just a bit…, So, back in 1996, to his name Tokollo includes the credit – founding member of TKZee. His former St Stithians high school buddies Kabelo Mabalane and Zwai Bala are co-founders. The group steps into the spotlight with its brand of Kwaito meets hip-hop, pop, a bit of r&b and some classical arrangement-nyana. And countless among the youth, back in the 1990s, goes nuts.

 

Some Hip-Arty Thing Sets TKZee As A Cut Above The Rest

 

The buzz around the group results from flying high songs out of the EP Phalafala. Er! not to be confused with PhalaPhala farm. So, Phalafala is an EP that triggers the pleasure mode of crowds, critics and performance arty-inclined music listeners.

Above all, it is an offering that says here is…, Yeah! Some cool Kwaito. It comes with classy music arrangements, verse here, a bridge there. And additionally, catchy chorus things lapha-na-laphaya. By the moment Haloween drop in 1998, everybody got waiting to see and hear…, Ehe! That is if the cool-swaggy-cheesy performance art camaraderie laid-out in songs from Phalafala is just a passing fluke. 

But BANG! BANG! BANG!  It is Haloween blowing socks off, burning amateki and setting the groove on floors and spaces with song blazers such as …, Well, servings from the music record include…, The Dlala Mapantsula happymeal. Magesh on-the-go half meal is on offer. Then there is the explosive Mambotjie stewNot to forget the Happy Summer Song, which also pops from From Phalafala.

 

Tokollo – dishing a smoother than a smoothy delivery – rolls with the listener. Indeed, his flowing lyric and rhyme foundation sees him taking charge of the first half of the Happy Summer Song. Zwai keeps reminding the lister what a happy summer song they are enjoying. All things arty and entertainment-ee just come well together. And then Magesh lays the carpet. Actually, he does a count-down, winding it for Bouga2Shoes. So, Magesh finally, he goes…,

 One Time, Two Time …,

 And then Bouga comes in…, I am Louchina! Sugar mommy lover always undercover. Don’t be fooled by the baby face. I hope you not. Baby tell me can your man hit the G-Spot? Can He!That is Magesh dropping in to back up his buddy.

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Magesh Once Said He Gut To Go And Now He Is Gone

 

The son of a football star player and coach, Screamer Tshabalala, drops opening rap lines in the song We Love This Place. He is like…,

Let’s go! Yeah-well, here we go. I gut to go, another show…,Gota make the dough. The world seems to be too hard to get over. Too Low to get under. We are stuck in the middle of it, yeah! We better make the best of it. And the only way to survive. Is to make a profit and muffin.

Now, as a solo act Bouga Love might have hit the biggest of times. On the other hand, Zwai does gigging and makes some dough in the classical music world. Alas! Magesh appeared to struggle to crack it as a solo act. His solo efforts include albums titled All In One, Heist, Ndabezitha and Gusheshe. Of course, Tokollo Tshabala had his fair share of troubles, and troublemaking on this earth. Who does not? In fact in one interview, he says…,  “All the girls, backing us and the fame is a dream come true. It’s stressful, but it comes with the package.” 

Eish! And as waar, Magesh is gone.

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