DON’T wait for musicians to die before you honour them. Support them while they are still alive!
These were the words of legendary musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka, speaking at the funeral of disco musician and producer Dan Tshanda.
Peacock hitmaker Tshanda, founder of the Splash group, died two weeks ago aged 54 after heart failure. He was buried on Friday. The service started at his home in Chiawelo, Soweto and proceeded to the Palm Bible Church in Dlamini. He was buried at Westpark Cemetery.
Yvonne said: “Government, please don’t love us when we’re dead. Empower artists while they’re still alive.”
Gauteng Arts and Culture MEC Faith Mazibuko and other government officials, as well as Phalaphala FM programme manager Sharon Ravele and artists from Vhembe, were present.
Tshanda’s band members also gave him a send-off.