JOHANNESBURG – South Africa Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, on Friday paid tribute to the late Gospel singer, Lundi Tyamara, and said South Africa had lost a creative son.
“It was with a deep shock that we heard of the sudden demise of Lundi Tyamara in the early hours of this morning. The nation has lost a creative son at such a tender age. But after a long battle with illness, we are consoled that he no longer suffers and is now at peace,” Mthethwa said in a statement.
The “Mphefumlo Wami” hitmaker died at around midnight at the Edenvale Hospital, east of Johannesburg, after battling with abdominal tuberculosis and a liver condition.
“He came to Johannesburg at the age of 16 to record his music. He showed great determination and great promise from the outset and was passionate about gospel music. His unique voice immediately made him very popular.”
Mthethwa said that despite facing challenges over the years, Tyamara always emerged from the ashes and rose to the occasion.
“It is evident that Lundi took messages in songs like “Mina Ngithembu Jesu” to heart, as he overcame negativity through his trust in the Lord.”
“As we mourn his passing, let us remind ourselves that as it is said in the Book of John: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”
– African News Agency (ANA)