These following 10 artists had huge legacies that were tragically cut short and shocked their fanbases in an unfortunate way. 

Welcome to Gemini Blessed TV and these are the Top 10 South African musicians who passed away too early. 

R Mashesha

R Mashesha was 1/3 of the award winning kwaito group Big Nuz. 

Formed in 2002, the group is known for having revived Kwaito in a big way at a time it was beginning to vanish. The 2010 music award season saw the group scoop three awards at the MTN South African Music Awards. However, shortly after the success of their platinum-selling album, Umlilo, the musicians’s health started deteriorating leaving fans to speculate on his health issues. The artist passed away in August 2015  after a long illness. The group hasn’t been really active ever since with the remaining members focusing on their solo careers.


Lundi Tyamara was a South African gospel musician. 

He  was best known for bringing gospel music to a younger generation through his unique style and drew thousands of people closer to God. Tyamara had a long music career, starting out as a back-up singer for gospel singer Rebecca Malope when he was still a teenager. Over the course of his career the singer released 11 studio albums, and was one of a few South African Artists who have exceeded unit sales of one million, with every release having exceeded double platinum. He was once referred to as the bad boy of gospel but he had managed to turn his life around before he passed away. Lundi passed away aged 38 in January 2017 after being diagnosed with stomach tuberculosis. 


Flabba was a South African hip hop musician and member of the South African hip-hop collective Skwatta Kamp who are considered the the pioneers of South African hip hop.

The rapper released his solo album “Nkuli vs. Flabba which won an award for “Best Rap Album” in 2007 at the South African Music Awards. He died on 9 March 2015 aged 37, due to a fatal stab wound after an altercation with his girlfriend. Prosecutors said his girlfriend stabbed him because she was jealous of seeing him talking to an ex-lover.  


Mandoza, was a South African artist. who is known for his contributions to the Kwaito industry. He had  numerous hit singles, including “Nkalakatha” which topped the charts in South Africa and all over the African continent. In 2004. Mandoza was voted number 77 in the Top 100 Greatest South Africans list. The artist passed away in September 2016 at 38 years after losing his battle against cancer. Just a week before his death the Kwaito legend performed at a national concert and this was his final farewell to his fans. 

S’fiso Ncwane

Sfiso Ncwane was an award-winning gospel musician, composer and producer, generally remembered as one of South Africa’s all-time gospel greats. The gospel singer was known for sharing his blessings with the less fortunate and This could be why his fans followed his career and continued to support him. In 2015 the singer collapsed while performing in Swaziland and the doctors told him there was nothing they could do and he was going to die. He asked his pastor to pray toGod on his behalf and after he survived, he  bought the pastor a 2015 Mercedes-Benz costing R1.9-million. Sfiso unfortunately passed away in December 2016 after he was diagnosed with kidney failure. 


ProKid was a rapper and producer considered one of south Africa’s most influencing artists of his generation. At the height of his career, he released six albums, with the Heads and Tales still being recognised as one of the biggest in kasi hip-hop. In 2006 he co-presented SABC1’s dance show, Jika Ma Jika. And would later on start his own brand under his popular tagline, “Dankie San”. He passed away on 8 August 2018 after a seizure, while visiting a friend and he was 39 years old. At the time of his death, he was signed to Mabala Noise and spoke of releasing new music in order to get back into action.

Bujo Mujo 

Bojo Mujo was a house musician and producer. Although Bojo Mujo was a multi-platinum seller., his talent was hardly recognized in mainstream media. He never got the recognition he deserved but he acknowledged that it did not bother him. His long list of hits like Summer Rain, Hlonolofatsa and Thando Lwami to name a few. He passed away at 36 years following respiratory failure in January 2015. His funeral did not receive much coverage because he passed away the same day as Simba Mhere who was a top billing presenter. 


 (HHP) was an  award-winning motswako rap artist seen as the man who made South African hip hop popular. The hip-hop icon paved the way for many Motswako rappers such as Cassper Nyovest,  Khuli Chana and Fifi Cooper. HHP said in a 2016 interview on internet radio station CliffCentral that he had attempted suicide three times the year before. Unfortunately HHP died on Wednesday 24 October, 2018 after his fourth attempt 

Lucky dube

Lucky Dube  was a South African reggae musician. He  recorded 22 albums in a 25-year period and was South Africa’s best & biggest-selling reggae artist. His 1993 album, Victims sold over one million copies worldwide. In Australia, Lucky Dube has “been labelled as Bigger than the Beatles“. On 18 October 2007, Lucky Dube was killed by robbers who were after his car. The 3 men were sentenced to life in prison 

Brenda Fassie

Brenda  Fassie was a South African Afropop singer, songwriter, dancer and activist. Affectionately called MaBrrr by her fans, she was sometimes described as the “Queen of African Pop”. Fassie has won five South African Music Awards. In 2001, the American Time magazine featured a three page special on Brenda, calling her “The Madonna of the Townships”. Brenda fasciae slipped into a comma after a drug overdose that led to heart failure and brain damage. Fassie was visited in the hospital by Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, and Thabo Mbeki and her condition was front-page news in South African papers. She died aged 39 on 9 May 2004. In March 2006 a life-size bronze sculpture of Fassie by artist Angus Taylor was installed outside Bassline, a music venue in Johannesburg.

Who is your favourite musician who died too early, let us know in the comments. 


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