Dan Tshanda


Dan Tshanda was a South African gospel musician who found Africa-wide and international fame with the band Splash in the 1980s and later on as a solo artist.

Born in Chiawelo, Soweto, Dan Tshanda had to leave school at a young age. When he was old enough to drive, he found work as a taxi driver. He also started his own group, Flying Squad, which released the album 'Mr Tony' on Gallo Records in 1985. Ray Phiri of Stimela was impressed with the band and wanted them as a support act, suggesting they change their name to Splash. They soon hit the big time and released classic albums such as 'Peacock' (1986), 'Snake' (1987), 'Money' (1988) and 'Tshokotshoko' (1989).

‘The Hit Machine’ didn’t stop, continuing to release Splash albums annually for much of the 1990s, including 'Eye For An Eye' (1990), 'Why' (1994), 'Cellular' (1995), and 'Double Face' (1997). In the late '90s Tshanda left Gallo and released 'Crocodile' (1998) with Bula Records before launching his own label, Dalom Music. Also in the Dalom stable were Splash spin-off projects Matshikos, Dalom Kids, Peacock and Tshanda’s former partner Patricia Majalisa, among others.

He continued to churn out big-selling albums like 'Ndivhuwo' (2001) and 'Sethopha' (2003). In 2009 he released a double album for the first time – the first disc titled 'Tolovela' by Splash and the second half comprising Tshanda's gospel-flavoured 'Time to Shine'. In 2014 he returned with a new Splash album titled 'Delele'.

Tshanda was one of the few 'bubblegum pop' artists to become a highly successful businessman, both with his label and other ventures. He was a popular drawcard both in South Africa and in neighbouring countries like Botswana and Zimbabwe. Almost all the albums he produced went gold or platinum, selling more than 1 million records in total. He also found international success in countries like Canada and the UK.

He died of heart failure on 5 January 2019.


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Profile added by DJ Okapi on 29 May 2014