The pioneer of Xitsonga traditional music M.D Shirindza was laid to rest in his home village at Makhasa village, 20 kilometers outside Malamulele in Limpopo province. The funeral services was attended by musicians led by Swilombe association, group of traditional healers, dignitaries from provincial government, local government and community members from nearby villages. Speakers spoke very fondly about General M.D SHIRINDZA, his love for music and the community.

Shirinda who had six wives and 44 children contributed immensely to the development of Xitsonga music and he was the first Xitsonga recorded musician in South Africa. His music career span around 57 years his protégés includes the likes of H.W.E Makhuvele amongst others. His big voice influenced people like Mahlathini Nkabinde of Mahotela Queens; he toured the world with international acclaimed musician Paul Simon.

He worked with Ray Phiri, and his song Modjadji was recreated by Chicco Sello Twala, and the song become a household track crossing into all South African cultures. He died at the age 81 having contributed around 700 songs.

“M.D Shirinda was a very humble man who was loved by everyone in the community, and his death is a great loss to the community of Xigalo traditional authority at large.”, said Chief Xigalo.

“He was a traditional healer and we feel that as the traditional authority we have lost a doctor of our nation”, continued Chief Xigalo.

(Shirinda with some of his children)

Chief Mahumani who spoke under the banner of Shirinda Mahumani clan described M.D Shirinda as a very important person in their family and the clan. He further stated that the Mahumani Royal Family has benefited from his knowledge of the culture and the heritage of both Mahumani and VaTsonga nation.

Faith 4 healers organization expressed their sadness and the effect it will have in their organization as healers from the loss they have suffered because of his death. His children also described him as a loving father who loved their mothers and his children.

           By Ntsako Shivambu

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