Senyaka. Picture: Supplied

Honouring one of kwaito's creative minds, a group of the genre's legends will be putting together 'A Night of Kwaito with Moruti wa Tsotsi's Friends'. The night promises to capture the true spirit, self-assured, dominant and knowledge of entertainment that patented Senyaka’s life and his journey as an entertainer.

A tribute to the late Thula ‘Senyaka’ Kekana who passed away in 2015, this is a night of music and dance, presented by the singer and actress Lerato Mvelase.

Mvelase takes us on a voyage of the life and times of Senyaka, a multi-faceted entertainer whose career spanned over forty years and delivering sixteen studio albums with titles like Mampara(1995), Mabokodo (1996), Brenda Lovey (1997), Fong Kong (1998) to name a few.

Senyaka also had a philanthropic spirit, removing troubled youth from the streets and developing them into productive members of society.  In 2006, he pioneered a venture to get street kids back to school and provided structured support for them to succeed.

A hairstylist by trade, Senyaka’s road to music was through a friendship with well-known South African music producer, Sello "Chicco" Twala who ushered him into the music industry. 

The master re-inventor was not without controversy. His music and movies would rattle the sensitive. Senyaka’s secret weapon was his ability to traverse industry barriers of age, form, and categorisation; delivering rap, kwaito, and house belters with equal ease. 

Senyaka championed the delivery of catchy dramatic comedy that drew from the narrative mode of the Nigerian film industry. He contributed largely to the development of locally-made movies that targeted South African communities. It is from here he fondly acquired the name Moruti wa Tsotsi after the satirical character he portrayed in his comedy skits. 

"A lot of us are fortunate to have known a side that the public never got to find out.It gives us pride and pleasure to celebrate the memory of Senyaka with people who personally knew him. The evening will be filled with laughter and tears. It will illustrate the talented and complex man he was. He was a creative man who saw an opportunity out of any circumstances that one experienced in life.  He touched everyone who knew him. He was an honest person who provided good advice and great guidance," said executive producer, Themba "Fizzy" Sithole. 

The evening features an all-star line-up of friends of Senyaka who were popular on the airwaves at the height of kwaito, the likes of Kamazu, Mzekezeke, Jairus and Spikiri from Trompies, DJ Walker, DJ Beat Mochini, J Ross, DJ Sue and Tloks Lepara. 

Don’t miss Moruti’s friends as they share memorable events of their lives through song. Highlights will include Senyaka's popular hits, Go Away, African Rap, Romeo, Thembalami and the multi-award-winning Chesa Mpama with DJ Walker.  

If you would like to go down memory lane or learn a thing or two about the history of South African pop culture, this is a must. 

The event takes place on Friday, August 31 at 7 pm at Joburg Theatre. 
Tickets are available at www.joburgtheatre.com and at the door.