Tshidi, 39, passes on

Kamogelo Seekoei

Kamogelo Seekoei

The country is mourning the death of yet another musician, Tshidi Wildeman, 39, a former member of popular 80s bubblegum music group Chimora. Wildeman died only two days after reggae icon Lucky Dube was killed.

She died of natural causes at Sparrow Ministries, an Aids hospice in Maraisburg, Johannesburg, on Saturday.

Wildeman started out as a dancer, and then together with Sello Chicco Twala, formed Chimora, a three-member group who also included Tiny Mbuli and Maki Motloung.

Their most popular songs included Nangu U Mandela, Bad Boys, Intandane and U funa lo na lo.

After a stint in the music industry, Wildeman went on to perform in theatre productions.

"She was involved in productions such as Ipi Ntombi," said her brother Pheto Wildeman.

"And though she was sick for a long time, we are still shocked by her death."

Wildeman left the entertainment industry three years ago to open a catering business, which she ran from her house in Orlando, Soweto.

She is survived by her two children, aged 20 and 16, and her siblings.

Her brother said they had not yet finalised funeral arrangements.