The dance community is mourning the death of Nthuthuko Kelvin Silosana, also known as Calvin Candiano, who was a talented choreographer and dancer for many celebrities, including Makhadzi. Calvin passed away on Friday morning 24 November after suffering from a long-term illness that he kept secret from his friends and colleagues. “He was sick for a long time.
His illness was on and off,” a friend who worked with him says. “He never disclosed his condition to us but we had days when he would be ill and then be okay. We were told that he started feeling sick for some time. He used to dance with Makhadzi but he left and he returned to her team while he was ill and he was working on being healthy again.”
Makhadzi, who recently lost her friend and actress Lebogang “Khelina” Mpyana, was devastated by Calvin’s death and said she could not speak at the moment. Her manager Lucky Tshilimandila said: “Calvin was a brother and great performer that we enjoyed working with, we ass Makhadzi Entertainment will assure that his memory lives on and that he is honoured.” However, some people have accused witchcraft of being behind Calvin’s death, claiming that he was a victim of muthi because of his dancing skills and his sexuality.
Bongani Mabozza, a controversial social media personality who once alleged that DJ Maphorisa had sexual relations with male artists, said that Calvin was gay and that he died after returning to Makhadzi’s team. “The problem is that he went to dance for Makhadzi and left when he was sick. Vukani Khoza from African Child Dance Studios took him in and nursed him to health. When he regained his health, he went back to Makhdzi and that is where he died,” Bongani said. “Do you know what the problem is?
Dancers use muthi. That child was hit with muthi because he was amazing. I don’t know why he went back Makhadzi’s manager Lucky dismissed the allegations and said: “It’s a pity we can’t go into detail about a person’s health. With all due respect to Calvin and his family, we choose silence and we will let those wanting to gain social media followers from the deceased go ahead.” Vukani could not be reached for comment.