LEGENDARY maskandi bass guitarist Aaron “Maqhude” Mkhize is recovering in hospital.

He suffered a stroke on Friday.

Bass guitarist Aaron from Maphumulo, northern KZN, has been in the music industry since the 70s.

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The 60-year-old plays guitar for top maskandi artists including Ntencane, Khuzani Mpungose, Mthandeni Manqele, Izingane Zoma and Amageza Amahle.

Wife Mariah told Daily Sun Aaron was recovering in hospital in Joburg and couldn’t talk.

“He’s well and healthy. We were surprised when he had the stroke and we rushed him to hospital.”

Maskandi artists who’ve worked with Aaron said they were shocked and wished him a speedy recovery.

Ntencane said: “Mkhize played bass guitar on my debut album Uboya Enkomeni, including my hit song Wawuthembeni. We can’t lose him now.

“He’s talented and easy to work with. He also played lead guitar on another hit song Inhloboni Yothando, where he showed his unique talent.”

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Ntencane said he was preparing to work on a second album and still wanted to work with Aaron.

Khuzani told Daily Sun he was in shock following news of Aaron’s stroke.

“I started working with Mkhize in 2011 and he played his unique bass guitar on all my hits albums.

“We’re not ready to lose him. I wish him a speedy recovery. He’s the backbone of my unique maskandi style.”