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Tsakani "TK" Mhinga

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Tsakani “TK” Mhinga (1979 - 27 February 2006) was a SAMA award-winning South African R&B and kwaito artist who went by the stage name of TK. She was a niece of veteran South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

Her singing style was sometimes compared to that of Mariah Carey, and her voluptuous looks and charismatic stage presence reminded some of Beyoncé Knowles.

She was found dead in a Bryanston, Johannesburg hotel room by hotel staff on 27 February 2006, of what seemed to be either a drug overdose or a drug-induced suicide.

Her first taste of the music industry came from her electric, chemistry driven collaborations with rapper Mizchif.

Since her father was opposed to her being a singer, she launched her solo musical career without telling her family, with her debut album, TKO, in 2000.

This was followed in 2001 by a second album, Tsakani, that included the club hit Eject yo’ ass.

In 2002, TK performed with international act Foxy Brown at the Gauteng R&B Hip Hop Festival and opened for Keith Sweat and Deborah Cox on their South African concerts. TK was also a participant in Celebrity Big Brother UK during this year.

Her third and last album, Black Butterfly (2003) was considered her best. TK’s vocals on the title track (which was written and recorded in only one day) have been compared to that of Mariah Carey. It also includes a poignant rendition of Over the Rainbow, of which TK professed a certain fondness.

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