Soshanguve legendary musician, Khuli, dies

Khulekani Mndawe

The news of the passing of Soshanguve-born gospel music producer, singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger and music director, Khulekani Mndawe popularly known as Khuli, has been received with sadness in the music industry.

In his journey of music, he cllaborated with the likes of the late Sfiso Ncwane, Rebecca Malope, Benjamin Dube and Lebo Segobela. He also worked as a music director in the SABC 2 gospel show “Its Gospel Time”.

His long-time friend and colleague, Ms Pheladi Napo, said she and Khuli go a long way back and their love for music kept them together and also gave birth to the Gospel Music Fraternal (GMF), a ministry that they were both ordained into.

“Khuli was a musical genius, a straight talker, and a great mentor to the fellow musicians. I can never forget how much of a perfectionist he was as he always wanted to execute his craft with excellence. We have definitely lost a legend. I have learned a lot from him and we, as the Fraternal will definitely make sure his legacy lives on,” she said.


Besides being a multitalented musician, Khulekane also had a passion for education and owned a music school in Pretoria, training kids from the age of 6. He also started a gospel group called Izithelo Zikamoya, recorded three albums, and in his own capacity as a solo artist recorded an album titled ” Angeke Ngikushiye”.

He was now working as a music director for Message from a Broken Jar (MBJ) Productions and leading a group called Fragile Vessels amongst other administrative duties.

The founder of MBJ Productions, Mr Bafana Nhlapho, said the MBJ family is deeply saddened by the passing of the music director.

“South Africa and the whole world has lost a great musical genius, he left an indelible mark in the music industry particularly the gospel music space and his work will continue to impact and inspire generations to come. While others made music Khuli became a song that will live on forever,” he said.