Ximba’s widow has no money for a funeral

2011-02-03 00:00

CONDOLENCES poured in for legendary KwaZulu-Natal musician and comedian Vusi Ximba, who died at his KwaSwayimane home, near Pietermaritzburg, yesterday.

Ximba was 73 years old. He had been ailing for more than a year.

His wife, Thembisile Nhlangulela, said that the musician of Igileselina fame died in her arms at about 7.30 am after he had coughed “terribly” all night.

She said she does not know when he will be buried because she cannot afford to arrange a funeral.

The MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Weziwe Thusi, expressed shock at Ximba’s passing.

Thusi said she learnt last year that Ximba was not in a “good space”, but she had hoped things would get better for him.

“I am really saddened by his death, but I am happy that he passed away knowing that our province valued his contribution to the arts and entertainment in KZN. He sang about social issues and in the process made us reflect and laugh at ourselves …” Thusi said.

The president of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa (Cwusa), Kid Sithole, praised Ximba for using his home language in his music.

“We are saddened by the news that one of our stalwarts has passed on,” Sithole said.

The talented and funny Ximba began entertaining in the 1970s. He released four solo albums which catapulted him to fame.

The first, Siyakudumisa, was released in 1992 and sold more than 100 000 copies.

The Witness has learnt that Ximba was recording a comedy DVD before he died.

Meanwhile, another KZN musician died yesterday.

Gospel singer Siphiwe Khanyile of the group Avante died in Durban a few hours after Ximba’s death. He had been hospitalised a couple of weeks before.

Thusi said: “I am speechless. Our province has been dealt a massive blow in losing two musicians in one day. Today has truly been a sad day for the arts and entertainment industry …

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Khanyile and Ximba families and KZN music lovers.”

 

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