Marc Rantseli, one-half of the music group MarcAlex, died on Wednesday, 8 November 2023. He was 58.
Marc Rantseli dies: What’s the cause of death
News of Rantseli’s death was first announced by SABC News on Thursday morning. While his cause of death has yet to be unveiled, reports suggest Rantseli died following a brief stint at a hospital nursing a terminal illness.
His family confirmed the news in a statement to Radio 2000.
Marc Rantseli obituary
Born on 21 March 1965, in Soweto, Johannesburg, Marc, alongside his twin brother Alex, became a symbol of South African talent and perseverance during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
MarcAlex, guided by the visionary A&R man Mr Benjy Mudie, often referred to as South Africa’s answer to Clive Davis or Berry Gordy, rose to prominence with their debut album featuring the hit track Quick Quick.
This song not only topped the charts in South Africa but also marked a significant moment in the country’s music history as it showcased black artists in mainstream radio, a rare achievement at the time.
Their groundbreaking success saw the release of their album in the USA and Germany through Atlantic Records in 1990, amplifying their influence beyond South African borders.
Marc’s talent as a songwriter was undeniable, penning tracks that resonated with many and brought national pride.
Apart from his illustrious music career, Marc was dedicated to the welfare of his fellow musicians, working with the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) to protect and advocate for musicians’ rights in the region.
Reactions to Rantseli’s death
Marc’s contribution to the South African music scene was immense and his legacy is woven into the fabric of the country’s cultural history. Here’s how social media reacted to news of his untimely death:
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