Remembering Thabo ‘Mapetla’ Ntirang: A Loss to the Botswana Music Industry


The Botswana music industry is reeling from the tragic loss of kwaito artist Thabo ‘Mapetla’ Ntirang, who was killed in a car accident near Gaborone on 3 March. The news of his untimely death has sent shockwaves through the community, leaving fans and fellow artists mourning the loss of a beloved talent.

According to local reports, Mapetla succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident, a devastating blow to his family, friends, and fans. His passing was confirmed by his family on social media, where they shared a heartfelt tribute to the late musician, describing him as a talented artist and loving individual.

In a statement, the family expressed their grief over the sudden loss of Mapetla, highlighting his passion for music and the joy he brought to countless individuals through his artistry. They also requested privacy as they navigate this difficult time and plan funeral arrangements for their beloved Thabo.

Mapetla Ntirang, known affectionately as Mapetla Skhokho by his fans, was more than just a musician. He was a multifaceted talent, excelling as an actor, songwriter, entrepreneur, record producer, and TV presenter. His vibrant personality and infectious energy endeared him to many in the entertainment industry, leaving an indelible mark on Botswana’s cultural landscape.

Local artists have paid tribute to Mapetla, describing him as a role model, a humble individual, and one of Botswana’s best. His contributions to the development of Botswana arts are undeniable, spanning over a decade of dedication and creativity. His loss leaves a void that will be difficult to fill, as the nation mourns the passing of a star.

Mapetla’s impact on the local music scene cannot be overstated. Through his diverse skills and innovative spirit, he played a significant role in shaping Botswana’s musical landscape. Songs like ‘Pelo,’ ‘Thaba Tshweu,’ and ‘Gumba Fire’ are just a few examples of his musical legacy, showcasing his talent and versatility as an artist.

As the Botswana music industry mourns the loss of Thabo ‘Mapetla’ Ntirang, his memory will live on through his music and the countless lives he touched with his artistry. Though he may be gone, his spirit will continue to inspire and uplift those who were fortunate enough to experience his talent and charisma.

In this time of grief, the music community comes together to honor the life and legacy of Mapetla Skhokho, celebrating his contributions to the rich tapestry of Botswana’s cultural heritage. May his soul rest in peace, and may his music continue to resonate with audiences for years to come.