Music composer Mthandeni Mvelase dies of undisclosed illness

Music composer Mthandeni Mvelase died on Thursday morning on his way to hospital.

The musician’s sudden death was confirmed to Sunday World by his sister Khululiwe Sithole. She said her brother was riding in an Uber with a friend when he started complaining about his difficulty breathing.

The windows were rolled down but it was not enough, Sithole said, adding that the musician was then rushed to Addington Hospital for urgent treatment.

Sithole shared, “When I learned of my brother’s passing this morning I was deeply heartbroken. The whole family is closed because it’s not like he was sick, it was just a sudden thing.

“He was working on Sarafina [the musical] last week, and I was thinking about his music, and then suddenly he’s not with us anymore.

Mvelase, 56, rose to prominence when he joined a musical called Township fever of Mbongeni Ngema, who led him on the international stages in 1987.

He previously worked with Duma Ndlovu, the creator of the popular telenovela SABC2 Muvhango, through his production company Word of Mouth. The two have also worked on several other projects, including The trip and The Lion King auditions.

The self-taught multi-instrumentalist has also composed songs for Muvhango, Imbewu: The Seed, Ingozi, and city ​​of the soul, among others.

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