Malinga ‘died of cancer’

The New Age (Gauteng) - - FRONT PAGE - SIYABONGA SITHOLE siyabon­gas@the­

VET­ERAN music pro­ducer Rob­bie Malinga did not die of anaemia as pre­vi­ously re­ported, but in­stead he suc­cumbed to pan­cre­atic cancer.

Malinga’s brother Bheki said this dur­ing a press brief­ing at the music mae­stro’s Dain­fern home yes­ter­day morn­ing. Friends TK Nciza, Doc She­beleza, Os­car Mlan­geni and rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Uni­ver­sal Music Group, were among those gath­ered for the an­nounce­ment of both the me­mo­rial and fu­neral ar­range­ments.

“We learnt of his con­di­tion in June last year and by the time we found out, it was al­ready at stage four so you can imag­ine how dev­as­tated we were,” the mu­si­cian’s brother said. “For­tu­nately we are a close-knit fam­ily and the sup­port we have been re­ceiv­ing from both sides of the fam­i­lies has helped us cope with the fact that he died.”

His fa­ther, Cole­man Malinga, said he would for­ever miss his voice and im­pec­ca­ble dress sense.

“We were all dev­as­tated, but he was strong about it even though at times he was ill,” his fa­ther said.

Speak­ing to The New Age, for­mer TS Records ex­ec­u­tive DJ Sbu, who worked closely with Ro­bie Malinga, said he was proud to have worked with such a hum­ble pro­ducer whose mis­sion was to de­velop stars rather than make him­self a star. “He was the great­est of all time. He was our own Quincy Jones and our own icon. In terms of num­bers he’s prob­a­bly the high­est sell­ing SA music pro­ducer in the same league as Chicco Twala with Brenda Fassie,” Sbu said.

His me­mo­rial ser­vice will be at Grace Bi­ble Church in Soweto to­mor­row and the fu­neral ser­vice will be at Rhema Bi­ble Church in Rand­burg on Tues­day.

Doc She­beleza

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