In Memoriam of Peter “Mashata” Mabuse – Remembering a Soulful Entertainer

Reflecting on the Cost of Purpose and Passion

As the sun sets over Pretoria, a somber cloud hangs over the local entertainment scene, mourning the untimely passing of a beloved comedian and music icon, Peter “Mashata” Mabuse. In an unfortunate turn of events, Mashata was tragically shot and killed on his way home from a deejaying event. His death has left an irreplaceable void in the hearts of those who adored his talent and undeniable love for music.

Despite dedicating 14 years of his life to various roles at Tshwane University of Technology, it was Mashata’s unwavering passion for music that propelled him to stardom. He broke into the limelight with candid videos that depicted romantic scenarios while he regaled his audience with stories accompanied by nostalgic soul
and R&B melodies playing gently in the background, all from the comfort of his car. Through these videos, Mashata created an intimate connection with his viewers, inviting them into his world of emotion and music.



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One of Mashata’s signature moments was his headline event titled Soul According to Mashata & Friends. At each performance, he would make a grand entrance, walking onto stage with a bouquet of flowers in hand. This symbolic act perfectly captured his down-to-earth, relatable character, intertwining it with the very essence of soul and R&B music. Mashata’s ability to seamlessly blend his personality with the technicalities of his craft was testament to his genuine love for both music and his audience.

The tragic circumstances of Mashata’s death compel us to reflect on the cost of pursuing one’s purpose and passion. Did he have to pay the ultimate price for embracing what he loved? Mashata’s genuine adoration for entertaining people was undeniable and he certainly excelled at it. He brought many smiles to many faces which makes it even more difficult to digest his demise. Such a cruel act forces us to question whether our
devotion to our passions ultimately puts our very lives at risk?

Mashata’s favourite song, All For You by Glenn Jones, and the last song he played before his passing, Heal the World by Michael Jackson, give us a glimpse into his life’s journey as an entertainer. These songs encapsulate the purpose of artists like Mashata: to touch hearts, evoke emotions, and inspire change through their craft. In
All For You, Jones sings of selfless love and dedication, mirroring Mashata’s unwavering commitment to his audience. Similarly, Heal the World implores us to come together and contribute to a harmonious existence, echoing Mashata’s desire to bring joy and unity to those around him.

Horace Mann’s words, “the living soul of man, once conscious of its power, cannot be quelled,” remind us that Mashata’s spirit and impact will forever be imprinted in the hearts of those he touched. Frederick William Faber’s sentiment about souls finding joy and leaving it behind serves as a reminder of Mashata’s ability to
bring laughter and happiness to people’s lives.

Robert Schwartz’s insightful words in his book, ‘Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born’ hold great significance in relation to Mashata’s journey: “It is by going through your own challenges and finding the opportunity within them that you contribute most to humanity’s well-being. Your contribution is not so much what you do as who you are.” Mashata’s contribution to the world extended beyond his entertainment career; it was the authenticity of his spirit and his understanding of the power of music to unite and heal.

Lastly, April Peerless offers solace and encouragement, reminding us that every soul blossoms in its own time and way, and there is a reason and purpose for each individual. Mashata’s life may have been cut short, but his gifts of compassion, understanding, and joy will forever be cherished by those he left behind. And even though Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” does not fit within Mashata’s typical deejaying set, its lyrics beautifully resonate with the theme of purpose that runs through this reflection. Bieber’s words encourage us all to find meaning in our lives and to understand that it is our awareness and passion that truly make a difference.

As we bid farewell to a comedian and music icon, let us remember Mashata’s unwavering love for music and his commitment to bringing joy to others. His passing serves as a stark reminder of the cost of pursuing purpose and passion. May we celebrate Mashata’s life and be inspired by the legacy he leaves behind, ensuring that his spirit lives on through the power of music, laughter, and love.
Rest in musical power, Peter “Mashata” Mabuse. Your soulful journey continues to inspire us all.