Remembering a legend: ProKid made an unforgettable contribution

Remembering a legend: ProKid made an unforgettable contribution

- In 2018 Mzansi lost a few legends, ProKid is one of them

- ProKid made an unforgettable contribution to the music industry in South Africa

- His passion, commitment, Ubuntu, and ethics will never be forgotten

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To lose a loved one is always tragic. At the young age of 37, Linda Mkhize passed away on August 8. It was said by family members that Linda was visiting his alleged lover when he suffered a major seizure. Paramedics were called and after numerous attempts to save his life, Linda passed away.

South African rapper and producer, Linda was better known as ProKid or PRO. He was born in Soweto at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital and started writing rhymes in his teen years. learnt that he was later discovered on Rap Activity Jam on YFM and things grew from there. He gained recognition, fame and fortune in a short period of time.

He was known for rapping in a mixture of South African township vernacular and English on township life or Kasi. This entitled him to be a Kasi rap king. Climbing up the ladder brought about his opening shows for Busta Rhymes and 50Cent.

As time went on, Linda ad to fight to get the recognition he deserved. Speaking to a colleague last year, Linda expressed the lack of comradeship within the group of musicians. He took the view point of ignoring them and focused on his music. He put aside the backstabbing and concentrated on himself.

All South African musicians seem to have the same story of hard work, playing hard, friends, difficult times with no support or money.

PRO worked hard in making a comeback. The people that surrounded him within the community and his family were responsible for him having a sense of purpose.

When PRO was discussing his fellow music collegues, he stated that his wife and child gave him reason to get out of bed in the mornings. His idea was to give support to people through his music.

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There have been so many of tributes that have flooded social media. So many expressed their shock and sadness. AKA took the time to say that Pro had changed his life and regrets not taking more time to reach out to him!

We all regret certain things in life and lack of support for others in one of them. Even the small things, like not attending a concert to show support or the fact that we download music illegally.

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It is a good thing that we able to talk about these regrets which enables there to be light. The unfortunate thing is that we tend to celebrate more in death than we do in life.

In an interview with Mail & Guardian back in 2006 when PRO was at the top of her career, he said that we are the only ones that can change ourselves.

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