South Africa has lost one of its musical greats, with the death of gospel music maestro, Lundi Tyamara, popularly known as Lundi.
The 38 year-old award winning artist passed away after a long struggle with stomach TB and liver complications. He reportedly died peacefully at a hospital.
Lundi had an illustrious music career, he performed, and collaborated with numerous artists from around the continent, and cemented his reputation as one of Africa’s most gifted gospel artists.
The 38 year old star, whose voice and music tugged at the soul, started his music career as a backup singer for gospel singer Rebecca Malope.
“We send heartfelt condolences to the family of Lundi Tyamara, his fans, the EFF whom he shared revolutionary moments with on stage, South Africans and the world at large. Lundi Tyamara was one of us. He sang and performed on EFF stages even when it was unfashionable to do so” EFF.
Producer Tshepo Nzimande helped Lundi launch his first solo album, ‘Mphefumlo Wam’ which won him best Gospel Album. Lundi released hit songs such as Mphefumlo Wami, Mvuleleni Angene, Mniku’dumo, Khuluma Nabo and Inkosi’ Iyayazi.
He received several awards in recognition of his remarkable work including South African Music Award (Sama), and a Kora Award among a long list of honours.
“The African National Congress sends its heartfelt condolences to the Tyamara family, Lundi’s friends and the music industry at large. May his soul Rest In Peace.” ANC
Lundi’s health became a point of prayer for the nation, as South African President Jacob Zuma called for prayers to be held. Many have lamented the untimely death of Lundi, reminiscent of the death of superstar Brenda Fassie, who died in 2004 at the age of 39.
The death of Tyamara, has elicited an outpour of condolences from his fans on social media and various organisations.
Undoubtedly a luminary, Lundi will indeed remain one of South Africa’s musical giants and through his music, he leaves an indelible mark and a great legacy, which will continue to inspire future generations. Condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.
— Nasie ✨ (@NasiphiMbava) January 27, 2017
#LundiTyamara sang from the heart, whenever he sang it was as if he is giving you a piece of his Soul😩 R.I.P 🌻
— Jane Thabethe (@janekathabethe) January 27, 2017
— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) January 27, 2017
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) January 27, 2017
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