Row over late singer’s ID

2010-06-18 00:00

TWO days after the death of maskandi queen Busi Mhlongo, her family is already in a tug of war over her important documents with her manager, Neil Comfort.

According to a Durban newspaper, a fight almost ensued on Wednesday between her brother, Jabulani, and Comfort, after he refused to give the family Mhlongo’s identity document.

It is alleged that there has been ongoing tension between the family and the manager, as some of her relatives could not even go to see her at his house in Westville.

Speaking to The Witness, Comfort said he is one of three executors of Mhlongo’s estate, the others being her daughter, Nompumelelo Mabuza-Black, who lives in Palm Beach, Florida, and John Peacock, a lawyer in Durban.

“The three executors made a joint decision to retain all Mhlongo’s documents and private papers until Nompumelelo arrives in South Africa. Her extended family in Durban has no need for the documents. She told them before she died what she planned to do, but they would not accept it,” he said.

The Mhlongo family spokesperson, Thokozani Poswa, said the family could not comment about the matter, as they are awaiting Mabuza-Black’s arrival from Florida.

Meanwhile, condolences for the Mhlongo family keep pouring in. Inkatha Freedom Party spokesperson for arts and culture, Connie Zikalala, paid tribute to “an iconic figure, an activist, world-renowned musician and passionate, talented individual who inspired a nation through her music”.

“She was a mother of maskandi music and we honour her for that. Her voice might be quiet now, but her legacy lives on in a generation of people she inspired.”

Chair of the Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition Andre le Roux said: “She was able to create music that was Zulu in its roots yet global in its reach, and it rightfully earned her a devoted audience both here and abroad”.

A provincial task team will make funeral arrangements, but at the time of going to press, a date for the funeral has not yet been set.

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