Vusi Ximba laid to rest

By Drum Digital
09 February 2011

HE LIVED to make people laugh and dance and even today as hundreds of people gather to pay their last respects, he manages to do the same. Jokes and songs are the order of the day as legendary maskandi musician Vusi Ximba is laid to rest at his home in KwaSwayimane in the rural village of Ekupholeni outside Pietermaritzburg.

The 72-year-old concertina-playing musician – famed for his humorous and sometimes controversial songs – died after a long battle with HIV.In his heyday Vusi’s satirical observations about black people, delivered in a playful mix of maskandi and township jive beats, made him a huge hit. His hit 1992 album, Siyakudumisa, sold over 100 000 copies, a feat few South African musicians have achieved to this day. Legions of fans knew his songs such as Baba Kapotshoza, which tells the story of a rickshaw driver who is so embarrassed by what he does for a living that he lies to his son and claims to be a truck driver. But his songs also earned him some notoriety and were banned by UkhoziFM for their crude lyrics – something which only fuelled the ever-smiling, gap-toothed muso’s popularity.

Speaker after speaker in the packed hall at the funeral recall Vusi’s humour and love for music. They break into one of Vusi’s famous songs before taking to the podium and each time mourners join in enthusiastically.

Read the article in the Drum of 17 February 2011 – and share your views below.

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