According to the statement released by the Makhado family, the “Boss Zonke” hitmaker passed in the early hours of Wednesday morning (February 23). He was 34 years of age and leaves behind his wife, two children, his mother and five siblings.

He rose to fame in 2014 when he released his hit single Nafukwa, but it wasn’t until he dropped Amantombazane Remix that same year that I fell in love with him. I still think that that is one of the best remixes I’ve ever heard.

While his music was good, his fashion sense was impeccable. At first, many couldn’t understand his vision, but he knew what he was on about when he named himself King Kotini.

He was always a trendsetter, and never backed down. I remember in 2018 when he was a guest at Live AMP, where he wore a skirt and cardigan by Maxhosa Africa. Many people thought he was “crazy” – how could a man dare wear a skirt? But it was normal. He rocked that outfit, and it looked so good on him.

Let’s not forget the South African Music Awards 2018, where he wore an outfit from the Chulaap Autumn/Winter 2018 collection and people thought the mask he wore (inspired by Phyllis Galembo’s book Maske) was an orange sack, lol.

When it came to fashion, he always got people talking. It’s safe to say that he was passionate because not only was he a dope fashionista/stylist, he was also a model.

Maxhosa Africa was one of his favourite brands, and in 2020 he celebrated his partnership with the brand and featured in the Ingumangaliso Imisebenzi KaThixo/ God’s Work Is Miraculous SS21 collection.

Now, we know that it’s almost every fashionista’s dream to visit Italy, the capital of fashion, and, fortunately for Makhado, he lived that dream.

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