Tshepo Nzimande says Lundi lived his life to the fullest

By Qhama Dayile
27 January 2017

He is the first gospel artist to come out and say, I am gay, I am an alcoholic and a drug addict and his fans respected him for that.

The South African gospel industry will never be the same again. The country woke up to the sad news of Lundi Tyamara’s passing this morning.

With a husky voice that brought believers to tears and a carefree attitude, Lundi took Mzansi by storm in the early 90’s with the release of his first album Mphefumlo Wami andthis young legend will not be easily forgotten.

Lundi’s former Manager Tshepo Nzimande says the Kilikiti singer was like a son and brother to him.

“Lundi respected me so much. He made me the man I am today,” Nzimandesaid.

Nzimande says Lundi was criticised a lot by the media, but he did not care.

“Lundi enjoyed his life to the fullest. Some of the thing h endured, no other person would have been able to cope with. He is the first gospel artist to come out and say, I am gay, I am an alcoholic and a drug addict and his fans respected him for that,” Nzimande said.

Lundi’s manager Anele Hlazo said Lundi could not keep a secret to save his life and he would say, “Andiyo khabhathi mna” (I am not a cupboard that stores things.)

“Lundi was different, he was no ordinary guy,” Hlazo said.

After being hospitalised at Edenvale Hospital for two months fighting for his life, at age 38, Lundi answered the call of death in the early hours of Friday morning.

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