KZN music veteran dies

2011-02-02 15:17

Comedian and musician Vusi Ximba had died at his home in KwaSwayimane, near Pietermaritzburg, after a battle with HIV, it was announced today.

“I am happy that he passed away knowing that our province valued his contribution to the arts and entertainment in our province,” said arts and culture MEC Weziwe Thusi.

Ximba, who was in his 70s, told the media he had HIV about a year ago, said his manager Koolcat Gumbi.

“Recently, he was having respiratory problems. He died this morning [Tuesday] at his home where he lived with his wife and children,” said Gumbi.
Ximba had been working on a comedy DVD and looking for a sponsor, he said.

“I was out of the country last year when the department of arts and culture celebrated Mandela Day with Mr Ximba, and the report I received was that Mr Ximba was not in a good space,” said Thusi.

Expressing sadness at his death, she said Ximba had poured his heart out to all present at the event. She had hoped he would get better.

Ximba, who was well-known in the KwaZulu-Natal music industry, launched his career in the 1970s and sold more than 100 000 copies of his debut solo album, Siyakudumisa, which was released in 1992.

He taught himself to play the accordion.

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