TK’s death: Foul play suspected

Marks were found on the body of the R & B artist who was buried last Saturday and it is suspected that a towel, which was found wrapped around her neck, could have been used to strangle her. The tissue from her neck where marks were found was removed during the postmortem examination and sent for testing to confirm the suspicion. The 27-year-old R&B singer’s body was found in room 217 at the Bryanston City Lodge. It has been established that, on the day of TK’s death, a cleaner knocked on the singer’s door at knock out time. A woman responded, saying she had overslept. The hotel’s reception also called her room to ask the singer when she was going to check out and settle her bill. A woman replied that she would do so soon. Two hours passed and another cleaner went to the room. She knocked on the door ‘ but no one answered. She went inside and found the singer dead on her back in her bed. Her eyes were wide open. A towel was around her neck. A plastic bag full of a white substance, believed to be a drug, was found in her hotel room. TK had been drinking with friends on Sunday night and among them were kwaito kingpin Mandoza, popular dancer Themba Msimango, Afro-pop group Malaika’s producer, Godfrey “Guffy” Pilane, and Mncedisi Mpofu. Both Mandoza and Mpofu said on Friday that they left her on Sunday night in a drunken state. The musician’s untimely death sent shockwaves throughout South Africa and condolence messages have been filtering in from various fans and friends across the country. The musician was still young in the industry having started her career in 2000 with debut album TKO which announced the arrival of a serious R&B musician. Although she had only six years in the industry, her prowess had made her one of the most sought after emerging stars of the SA music scene. Her second album Eject Yo Ass was released in 2001 and it also caused a stir on the country’s market enhancing her rise to success. Black Butterfly (2003), the third album was a milestone achievement for the upcoming star and it did not come as a surprise that she was nominated for and won a number of awards at the very morning of her career. Among the awards are three South African Music Awards for Best R&B Album for both her releases (2001 for TKO and 2002 for Eject Yo Ass). She was also nominated for two MTN Metro FM 2000 Music Awards (Best R&B Artist and Best Female Artist) for her outstanding performances that showed her great potential, before she had released an album. TK will also be remembered for her collaboration with Twiststyle that changed the complexion of the dancing circles through the hit Can you feel it. The musician’s friend said, TK who is believed to have been on drugs was not on talking terms with her family members at the time of her death. TK was niece to popular singer, Yvonne Chaka Chaka. She left behind her three-year-old son Oratile Combating Aids through drama Lilongwe-based drama group, Linungwi Youth Organisation (LIYO) is spearheading a campaign to educate people about HIV and Aids through its fascinating plays. The group is primarily operating in the Njewa area but it is looking forward to spreading its wings across the whole of Malawi. The group director Joseph Kavalo, said his organisation was getting positive response from various publics, especially targeted subjects who had admitted that the plays carried good messages that would help in fostering behavioural change. The group is known for delivering the message through comic plays that have left people in stitches yet they give informative and educative details about the pandemic. The youth group also entertains people through radio drama, which is aired on the Lilongwe based African Bible College (ABC) Radio every Saturday. The group also campaigns for the promotion of children’s rights. Liyo was formed in 2004 and it has been working hard to spread messages revolving around various themes but their primary focus has always been HIV and Aids. Beauty queen in charity work French-based Mozambique-born actress and model Tasha de Vasconcelos on Monday promised to support the construction of a professional training centre for needy children. Beira, where Vasconcelos was born in 1974, has been chosen as the city for the construction of the centre that would go a long way in lessening the burden that many poor guardians face in keeping the children in need especially those orphaned by Aids. Vasconcelos was visiting Mozambique in her capacity as a Goodwill Volunteer for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and spoke to the press after meeting with President Armando Guebuza. The model has pledged to promote fundraising programmes when she returns to Europe and a musical gala was deemed the most probable starting project. During her stay in Mozambique she visited orphanages in Maputo and Beira.

March 2006
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