Record bosses shocked at death of songbird Puff Johnson

2013-06-25 14:51

Two South African record company bosses who worked with US-based R&B singer Puff Johnson have expressed shock at the death of the controversial songbird.

Johnson, born Ewanya Johnson, died of cervical cancer in the US yesterday, said Advocate Tumi Mokwena, who worked with Johnson at his stable TMP Records.

Mokwena said the world had not only lost a good singer in her, but a good composer and songwriter.

“We are really shocked by her passing on. She was a talented and versatile artist,” he said.

Mokwena, who represents Julius Malema in his money laundering trial, worked with Johnson when she was in South Africa in 2010.

She recorded a song with acclaimed music hybrid Stimela, who were also signed to TMP Records.

But her career in South Africa was cut short when she was arrested and deported to the US in 2010.

This after spending almost the whole of 2009 living in South Africa without proper documentation.

“I knew that she was suffering from cancer when she was in South Africa, but never thought she would leave us this soon. It’s sad,” Mokwena said.

Ghetto Ruff owner Lance Stehr, who also worked with Johnson, also expressed shock at her death.

“It’s shocking. I don’t have words to express how I feel about that. She did about 14 songs with us before moving to Limpopo (to work with Mokwena),” he said.

Stehr said they would release an album that would feature most of her songs.

» It is not clear how old Johnson was. She was reportedly born in December 1972, which would make her 40 years old but it has also been reported that she was 36 years old at the time of her death.

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