Ga-Sekgopo Kiba Singer Mourns Loss of 5-Year-Old Son


By Staff Reporter

GA-SEKGOPO-In a heart-wrenching turn of events, renowned Limpopo Kiba singer Mpatli Patrick Rakgabale, popularly known as Tau Sebata, is mourning the loss of his five-year-old son, Shimane Sarion Rakgabale. The tragic news has left the community in shock and sorrow.

The Limpopo Arts Organisation has stepped in to support the grieving family, arranging for Shimane’s funeral to be held this Sunday at Tau Sebata’s home in Moremadi Paledi, Polokwane.

Shimane passed away on Saturday night, and the funeral is expected to bring together family, friends, and fans to pay their final respects.

Tau Sebata, a multi-award-winning artist hailing from Ga-Sekgopo in Greater Letaba, has had a long and illustrious career in Kiba cultural music and dance. Known for his deep passion for the traditional sounds of Kiba, Rakgabale’s musical journey began in 1998.

He recorded his first album during a time when disco was highly popular, drawing inspiration from the late Peta Teanet.

Despite the widespread popularity of disco, Rakgabale’s dedication to preserving and promoting Kiba music has made him a beloved figure in the Limpopo music scene. His contributions have not only entertained but also preserved a vital part of South African cultural heritage.

The loss of Shimane, his third son, is a profound tragedy for Tau Sebata and his family. As the community gathers this Sunday, they will honor the memory of a young life cut short and offer support to a family who has given so much through their music and cultural contributions.

The funeral service is set to take place at Tau Sebata’s home in Moremadi Paledi, Polokwane, providing a moment for collective mourning and remembrance. The family appreciates the outpouring of support from fans and community members during this difficult time.

As Tau Sebata continues to navigate this personal loss, his resilience and dedication to his craft remain an inspiration. The community’s support highlights the impact he has had through his music and the strong connections he has forged over the years.


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