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SA legendary musician Dan Tshanda dies

No more…Dan Tshanda has hung his singing microphone forever.

THE dark cloud is hanging over the South African music industry after the passing away of legendary musician Dan Tshanda.
The 54 year old musician and producer who announced his arrival in the entertainment world in the late 80s through his bands such as the Dalom Kids, Matshikos and Splash is said to have died of heart attack shortly after he was admitted at the Sandton Mediclinic where he was certified dead in the late hours of Saturday, January 5.
Although he was big in the industry, Tshanda who also established the once popular bubble-gum musician of the 90s, Patricia Majalisa had his music being mostly recognized in countries such as Botswana and Zimbabwe other than here at home.
The Chiawelo, Soweto-born musician’s popular songs include the hit Peacock, Tshokotshoko, Rifuno and Potilo just to mention few.


Born in Chiawelo, Soweto, Dan Tshanda had to leave school at primary level due to lack of funds in the family. Dan got a job as a newspaper vendor for an Afrikaans newspaper, where his father worked as a sweeper.

When he became old enough to drive, he ventured into the Taxi industry. While working as a taxi driver, he made a demo cassette, which was submitted to a record company, by then Dan had started a group known as Flying Squad.

In 1985 they released an album called MR TONY with Gallo Records. The album was not a success, but the late Hamilton Nzimande of Gallo Records give them a second chance, and Dan continued under the name “Splash”. Ray Phiri of Stimela agreed to feature them as their support act when ever they had shows, he later discover that they had a great talent and decided they should change their names to SPLASH. This was the birth of a giant in South African music.

The group’s first album titled PEACOCK set them on the fast lane to success that was in 1986. In 1987 they released another album which was very good titled SNAKE, in 1998 they released an album titled MONEY, at this time they were working really hard as their music career was looking very bright, they were still with Gallo Recording Company.

In 1989 they released TSHOKOTSHOKO, 1990 they released EYE FOR AN EYE, in 1991 they released NESINDANDE, in 1992 KHOMA KHOMA was released, 1993 they released an album titled 1.5,1994 they released an album called WHY, in 1995 they released yet another slamming album titled CELLULAR, 1996 they released another album titled NDOSALA, in 1997 they released DOUBLE FACE.

In 1998 they released an album with BULA RECORDS titled CROCODILE. IN 1999 Dan Tshanda produced and released an album titled MAKHIRIKHIRI under his own company called DALOM MUSIC DISTRIBUTORS cc.

In 2001 he released another slamming album titled NDIVHUWO, once again in 2003 he released another album which was enjoyed by everyone locally and internationally titled SETHOPHA. This album was released, marketed, promoted and distributed by his record company Dalom Music Distributors cc.

Due to his dedication and love for his music, Dan Tshanda has always been on top and is striving to remain on top, he has proven that by producing the best albums for each group that he produces.

His music has now crossed the borders into African countries such as Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Nigeria etc, and abroad, with activity in North America, Australia, England, France. Dan Tshanda has under his leadership groups and artists including Patricia Majalisa, Matshikos, Dalom Kids, Peacock, Don B and a new upcoming artist called Hexa.

Source: http://www.music.org.za/artist.asp?id=227 (19 Oct 2014)

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