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Duma Ndlovu pays tribute to late veteran music composer Mthandeni Mvelase

 

Duma Ndlovu has taken to his social media to pay tribute to late veteran music composer Mthandeni Mvelase.

The news of Mthandeni’s death was made known by his sister Khululiwe Sithole who revealed he died on July 21 at age 56.

Taking to his Facebook to pen a candid and heartfelt tribute, Muvhango creator Duma Ndlovu bid farewell to the music composer.

After looking back at how they met in the 1980s, Duma went into detail about Mvelase’s positive and negative sides.

“I met Mthandeni Mvelase in 1986 when he landed in the US with Mbongeni Ngema’s Township Fever. It was easy to notice him because he stood out. He was the only one who was involved in the creation of music for Township Fever and was also a member of the cast. He was young, full of energy and massively talented.”

Duma said he regretted not having tried harder to help Mvelase but noted he was his “own enemy”.

“On the other hand we, as a society, have let Mvelase down. His was a roaming, restless soul and he was forever crying out for help. His problems were many and never ending. He was always complaining of being on the receiving end of a bad rap. He was always the victim, or so he said. A few years ago he went through a devastating divorce that also ate away at his soul.

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