Cel­e­bra­tion of Tya­mara’s life

Memo­rial ser­vice in Soweto for gospel singer

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FRIENDS, fam­ily and friends of late gospel mu­sic sen­sa­tion Lundi Tya­mara will to­mor­row gather at Soweto’s Grace Bi­ble Church to cel­e­brate his life.

The de­vel­op­ments were con­firmed at the week­end by fam­ily spokesper­son Anele Hlazo.

Lundi, 38, died in the early hours of Fri­day af­ter a bat­tle with tu­ber­cu­lo­sis of the stom­ach and a liver con­di­tion.

The memo­rial ser­vice will start at 2pm.

“This is the time to hon­our the mem­ory of our great and beloved Lundi. It would bring the fam­ily and friends so much com­fort to see South Africans re­mem­ber what he was about and all he stood for. Every­one is in­vited,” Hlazo said in a state­ment.

De­tails of Lundi’s funeral were yet to be fi­nalised at the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

So­cial me­dia was awash with words of con­do­lence from prom­i­nent South Africans and the pub­lic at large.

Pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma de­scribed Tya­mara’s death as a great loss.

“We are deeply sad­dened by the loss of a tal­ented artist at such a young age. This is yet an­other huge loss for the coun­try in a short time.

“He was one of the best gospel artists that the coun­try has pro­duced. We are with his fam­ily in thoughts and prayers in this try­ing pe­riod. May his soul rest in peace,” Zuma said in a state­ment.

The Depart­ment of Arts and Cul­ture paid trib­ute to Tya­mara’s artistry, which it said “man­i­fested it­self pro­foundly with his 1998 multi-plat­inum-sell­ing al­bum Mphe­fumlo Wami”.

“De­spite fac­ing chal­lenges over the years, like a phoenix he al­ways emerged from the ashes and rose to the oc­ca­sion,” the depart­ment said.

The SA Na­tional Civic Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Jabu Mahlangu said Tya­mara’s mu­sic had touched lives and “in­spired most up­com­ing artists with his mag­nif­i­cent voice and elec­tri­fy­ing stage per­for­mance”.

“He was a force to be reck­oned with and one of a kind. Though he found fame at a ten­der age, he set the mu­sic in­dus­try ablaze and in­flu­enced the per­for­mances of most gospel artists, as well as other mu­si­cal gen­res,” Mahlangu said.

Par­lia­ment’s arts and cul­ture port­fo­lio com­mit­tee also ex­pressed sad­ness at Tya­mara’s death through its chair­per­son Xoliswa Tom.

“It is sad when one so young, car­ry­ing a mes­sage of hope for the fu­ture, passes on so abruptly.

“While we ac­cept that as mor­tal be­ings we are doomed to death, it re­mains a hard pill to swal­low when some­one passes away so young,” Tom said in a state­ment.

“The enor­mity of his tal­ent shone through, de­spite his many tri­als and tribu­la­tions. Many will re­mem­ber him for his bub­bly soul, verve and per­se­ver­ance,” he added.

Like a phoenix he al­ways rose from his chal­lenges

PIC­TURE: MOTSHWARI MO­FO­KENG

IN HIS PRIME: Gospel star Lundi Tya­mara per­forms at the Ukhozi FM Gospel Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Joburg in 2012.

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