Dan Tshanda’s legacy lives on

Wife releases star’s last album

Following his untimely passing early this year, legendary disco artist Dan Tshanda has released a posthumous album.

This week his widow, Sylvia Tshanda walked into The Voice’s Gaborone offices on the eve of releasing the fallen star’s final work.

In a moving interview, Sylvia portrayed her husband as a lover of life who at the time of his passing had completed his latest album.

The LP has 13 songs including two bonus tracks from local star Vee Mampeezy as a tribute to the fallen icon.

The album, ‘Shanduka’ consists of songs such as ‘Yahweh’, ‘O Ya Kae’, ‘Trials’ and ‘I survived’, and will be released to the world this Thursday (18 April).

“Before he passed on my husband had finished this album. He was about to start to market it and of course Botswana was going to be his first stop because his fan base is mostly here,” said Sylvia, who revealed one of Tshanda’s wishes was to present his latest album to President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

“My husband loved Botswana, as you know he lived here at some point. One of his wishes was to present this album to the President of Botswana. I did so, on his behalf this week. HE was the first to actually listen to it!”

Asked if the music star’s legacy will continue his wife said, “I most definitely believe so because he had trained a lot of artists. The studio was his so everything is still here really.

“The music will go on.”

Dan Tshanda aka ‘Big Husband’ died as a result of heart failure back on 5 January at the age of 54. He is the pioneer of the hugely popular genre of the 1980s otherwise called ‘Splash music’.

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