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Splash were a Soweto township band of the 1980s and 1990s led by Dan Tshanda, lead vocalist and bass guitar.[1][2][3] In 1991 two members of Splash formed their own band, Matshikos, releasing an album The Park Is Mine.

Tshanda died on 5 January 2019, aged 54, from a heart attack.[4]




  • Peacock Gallo BL 578 1987
  • Money Gallo 1988
  • Tshokotshoko Gallo HUL 40183 1989
  • Eye For An Eye Gallo 1990
  • Nesindande Gallo 1991
  • Khoma Khoma Gallo 1992
  • One Comma Five Gallo 1993
  • Cellular Gallo 1995
  • Ndosala Gallo 1996
  • Double Face Gallo 1997

Reggae band SplashEdit

In 1980 two members of a Reggae band Splash, Radebe and Charles, were arrested and imprisoned for performing "A Tribute to Martyrs" and "Freedom to Mandela", Nelson Mandela. [5][6]


  1. ^ Max Mojapelo, Sello Galane Beyond Memory: Recording the History, Moments and Memories 1920299289 2008 "Patricia Majalisa also took the music industry by storm backed by Dan Tshanda's band, Splash ..."
  2. ^ Louise Meintjes Sound of Africa!: Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio 2003 0822384639 p.40 "And, following his soul music successes, Nzimande launched the career of a township pop band, Splash, whose music largely defined a new market category, township pop."
  3. ^ Max Mojapelo, Sello Galane - Beyond Memory: Recording the History, Moments and Memories of South ... 2008 =1920299289 "Splash was Dan Tshanda (lead vocalist and bass guitar), Penuel Kunene (drums), Joseph tshimange (keyboards), patrick Mthimkhulu (keyboards), albert Mthimkhulu (keyboards) and peter Leotlela (keyboards). In the same year their big break came when they recorded their debut album Peacock with Gallo, a record company that was to be their life-long musical home. two men who'll always be associated with the success story of Splash are engineer Dave Segal and producer ...
  4. ^ Charles Cilliers, "Music legend Dan Tshanda certified dead at Sandton hospital", The Citizen, 5 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019
  5. ^ Gwen Ansell Soweto Blues: Jazz, Popular Music, and Politics in South Africa 0826417531 2005 p.167 "In 1980, two members of the reggae band Splash were given five years in jail for covering the Steel Pulse song 'Tribute to the Martyrs', which mentions Nelson Mandela."
  6. ^ Julie Frederikse South Africa, a different kind of war: from Soweto to Pretoria 1986 p.130 "According to Constable Nel, Radebe and Charles, who are members of the reggae band 'Splash', had performed songs entitled 'A Tribute to Martyrs' and 'Freedom to Mandela' and had chanted Jah Nelson Mandela', 'Jah Oliver Tambo',.. "