South African TV and theatre legend, Joe “Sdumo” Mafela, has died at the age of 75. Mafela reportedly died in a car accident last night.
Mafela released the album Shebeleza Felas, with the popular hit Shebeleza (Okongo Mame) a decade later, and it was a huge success, with Shebeleza becoming the theme song at the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996.
He is remembered for starring in early Chicken Licken television advertisements, and writing the “It’s good, good, good, it’s good it’s nice” jingle in 1986.
The 75-year-old, who was one of South Africa’s most well-known faces in acting and music, was involved in a fatal car crash on Saturday night.
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) March 19, 2017
ubab' Joe Mafela's career grew in leaps and bounds when he starred as "Sdumo" in popular TV sitcom "Sgudi Snaysi" (it's good, it's nice). pic.twitter.com/NH2XIKV9wf
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) March 19, 2017
— Thebe Ikalafeng (@ThebeIkalafeng) March 19, 2017
"We believe the nation has lost its crown jewel & an extraordinary son of the soil," says the department's Lisa Combrinck. #JoeMafela
— Jacaranda News (@JacaNews) March 19, 2017
Generations actor Joe Mafela has died in a car crash. pic.twitter.com/xZcDgHo7QY
— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) March 19, 2017
— Ulrich J van Vuuren (@UlrichJvV) March 19, 2017