Hip-hop artist ProKid dies
10 August 2018 | Art and Entertainment
The family of 37-year-old artist whose real name is Linda Mkhize released a statement saying he was visiting friends when the seizure occurred. Paramedics could not revive him. Fans and colleagues in the music industry have taken to social media with tributes to the artist. Fellow hip-hop artist Proverb called ProKid a legend, while Tweezy said he was inspiration.
ProKid's numerous albums, including the 2005 debut 'Heads and Tales', 'Dankie San' in 2007, and 'Snakes & Ladders' in 2009, earned him a numerous awards from the HYPE Awards and the Channel O Music Video Awards but he never managed to scoop a Sama.
His family has asked for privacy and details on his memorial and funeral service will be announced in due course. ProKid is survived by his mother Fikile Mkhize, his father Zwelakhe Kheswa, his wife Ayanda, and his three-year-old daughter Nonkanyezi, his brothers, and extended family.
Hip-hop artists including Slikour of Skwatta Kamp, JR and AKA, all paid tribute to the Number One Soweto Boy – as he usually referred to himself – saying that he had inspired their music journeys and had always remained humble.
“There would be no charts to top, no deals to sign, no tours, no nothing without Linda Mkhize and what he did for this industry and that's the sh*t we got caught up in, too busy with our own nonsense to reach out to our own big brother and talk to him, sit with him. Appreciate him,” AKA tweeted.
The National Freedom Party leader, Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi, on Thursday described Mkhize as a rare breed and a trendsetter who was always dedicated to his craft and wanted to excel.
“One of the important things we will always remember ProKid with is his clean life, dedication and courage to excel. He was a rare breed of musician who never forgot his roots and, more importantly, who never allowed his celebrity status to get better of him as he remained humble all the time,” Magwaza-Msibi said in a statement.