Elizabeth Tshala Muana Muidikayi, better known by her stage as Tshala Muana, a well-known Congolese singer, has passed away. Let’s see what happened to her and Tshala Muana cause of death in detail.
What happened to Tshala Muana?
On Saturday morning, December 10, in Kinshasa, the singer passed away. Her friend, Claude Mashala, posted on social media to confirm her death.
The national mamu Tshala muana has been decided to be taken over by the good Lord. For all the beautiful things she has brought us on this earth, may the good God be praised. Goodbye Mamu from me,” Mashala wrote, skipping over the specifics of what led to her passing.
Tshala Muana cause of death
The Congolese songbird was recently admitted to the hospital for treatment after becoming ill for a while. She released several popular songs and appeared at many shows. Also, her spouse confirmed Tshala Muana cause of death as respiratory complications.
In the 1980s and 1990s, she was a superb singer, dominating the airwaves with songs like Dezo Dezo and Karibu Yangu. Among the legends of her generation who helped popularise Congolese music are Mbilia Bel and Koffi Olomide.
In a message that read: “Koffi Olomide lamented her passing and praised her as the G.O.A.T.” My cuckoo has vanished. True love endures forever. Elizabeth Tshala de Koffi, rest in peace. My sincere condolences to his biological family and all the Congolese people… the G.O.A.T”.
The singer got into an issue with Congolese authorities in 2020 and was taken into custody by National Intelligence Agency (ANR) agents as a result of a contentious song she had recently posted online called “Ingratitude.” Tshala Muana was detained in Kinshasa, according to singer Lofombo Gode, amid rumors about the “deeper meaning” or interpretation of lyrics that seemed to have alarmed some government officials.
Who was Tshala Muana?
Tshala Muana, also known as Elisabeth Tshala Muana Muidikay, was a professional singer and dancer from Congo-Kinshasa who was born on May 13, 1958, and died on December 10, 2022.
She is frequently referred to as “Mamu National” and is regarded as the “Queen of Mutuashi,” a traditional dance tune from her home region of Kasai. Before switching to singing, she began her artistic career in 1977 as a dancer for the musical group Tsheke Tsheke Love.
She is well-known for several songs, including “Karibu Yangu.” She has performed extensively abroad, won numerous accolades on local, regional, and international music scenes, and has released over 20 albums. The popular 1987 Congolese musical film La Vie est Belle and Aya of Yop City’s soundtracks both use her music.
Tshala Muana was born on May 13, 1958, in Lubumbashi, which is today in the Democratic Republic of the Congo but was formerly a part of the Belgian Congo. She was one among the 10 children raised by housewife Alphonsine Bambiwa Tumba and soldier Amadeus Muidikayi.
When Muana Muidikay was 6 years old, the Ulelist maquis assassinated her father in Watsha during the Congo crisis. Her mother raised her; she passed away in 2005. She was never married, and Claude Mashala served as her producer and partner. She was thought to have passed away in June 2020, however, she was hospitalized after having a stroke.
Once through, the pupil rebels against his teacher. Many people saw the song as a subtly directed criticism of President Felix Tshisekedi on President Joseph Kabila, his former mentor, and predecessor. The previous president Joseph Kabila and his party, the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy, had the singer’s open backing (PPRD). Tshala Muana passed away in Kinshasa on December 10, 2022, at the age of 64.
Detention Period (2020)
Muana was detained by the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) in November 2020, allegedly as a result of her song “Ingratitude,” which received a lot of social media attention. The song’s lyrics are about a student who fails his examinations but is nonetheless permitted by his teacher to move on to the next grade.
The National Intelligence Agency (ANR) officials have taken legendary Congolese musician Tshala Muana into custody after he released a song that was critical of President Felix Tshisekedi.
Last weekend, Muana released the contentious song “Ingratitude,” which was taken to be a criticism of President Tshisekedi for neglecting to express gratitude to his predecessor Joseph Kabila. After agreeing to a compromise with Kabila, who had ruled the D.R. Congo for 18 years, Tshisekedi was elected president in January 2019.
In a partnership with their respective political organizations, the People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy and the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (headed by Tshisekedi), the president decided to share power with Kabila in 2019. (led by Kabila).
The alliance between Tshisekedi and Kabila ended up serving as a focal point of contention from the beginning, rather than serving as a means of putting the nation on the path of economic and social recovery as envisioned. The division of cabinet positions has caused conflict between the alliance members. Additionally, they have battled over who should govern the court and the national election commission, two key state institutions.
The controversial song “Ingratitude” by Kabila’s party supporter Tshala Muana was released to subtly criticize the president for forsaking his predecessor.
Even though she doesn’t mention any names in her songs, the experienced singer was detained in the capital Kinshasa due to rumors about the “deeper meaning” or interpretation of the lyrics. The song has now been forbidden from being played on local radio stations. The administration did not immediately provide clarification regarding Muana’s detention. On Monday night in Kinshasa, several women demonstrated against the veteran singer’s detention after his arrest.
Tributes to Tshala Muana
On social media, fans expressed their condolences, with many praising her for the development of Congolese and African music in general over the years.
Kirui Mathew Kibet
Very sad I love her Rhumba songs very much including Kokola/Dezo
Rip your legacy shines forever
Rip Tshala Muana, you left behind indelible music
Sad indeed, your music lives on…..Rest in eternal peace
Rip. u did a commendable job, fare thee well Tshala mwana
HR Tokodii Mtukudzi
His song chena will always be my best
Poleni…The song has stopped but we continue singing.
Njai Wa Sam
Rest African jewel
Brian M Lyon
a great, one of a kind, one in million, RIP Tshala Muana
now Rhumba has taken to another level, we celebrate your achievement Tshala Muana
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