Marc Rantseli was not only a talented musician, but also a passionate advocate for the rights of musicians in the country. He worked at the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) for several years, where he helped to protect and promote the intellectual property and royalties of local artists
The South African music industry is mourning the loss of one of its icons, Marc Rantseli, who passed away on Tuesday at a Johannesburg hospital.
Rantseli, who was part of the popular band duo Marc Alex, was known for his catchy songs and his activism for musicians’ rights.
The Rise of Marc Alex
Marc Rantseli and his brother Alex Rantseli formed the band duo Marc Alex in the late 1980s, and soon became a sensation in the South African music scene. Their hit song “Quick Quick”, which blended pop, rock and kwaito elements, topped the South African music charts in 1989, and earned them several awards and nominations.
The brothers continued to produce successful albums and singles throughout the 1990s and 2000s, such as “Shake”, “Take Me Away” and “Siyaya”. They also collaborated with other artists, such as Brenda Fassie, Mandoza and Boom Shaka.
Their music was influenced by their experiences of growing up in the apartheid era, and their desire to promote social change and unity.
The Legacy of Marc Rantseli
Marc Rantseli was widely respected and loved by his peers and fans, who described him as a humble, generous and charismatic person. He was also a devoted family man, who leaves behind his wife, three children and two grandchildren.
His brother Alex Rantseli, who was also his musical partner and best friend, said he was devastated by his loss, and that he would always cherish their memories together.
The Tributes for Marc Rantseli
Many people have expressed their condolences and paid tribute to Marc Rantseli on social media and other platforms. Some of the prominent figures who have honoured him include President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, and SAMRO CEO Mark Rosin.
They praised him for his contribution to the South African music industry and culture, and his role in advancing the rights and interests of musicians.
Several musicians and celebrities have also shared their messages of sympathy and appreciation for Marc Rantseli, such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Loyiso Bala, DJ Fresh and Somizi Mhlongo.
They recalled their fond memories of working and performing with him, and thanked him for his music and his friendship. They also expressed their support and solidarity with his family and his brother Alex Rantseli.