Maskandi muso dies

2010-04-07 16:07

Maskandi muso Bhekumuzi Luthuli has died from a TB-related illness.

Born in 1961, Luthuli died this morning at the McCord Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal.

He was admitted to hospital on March 26 after he collapsed at his KwaMaphumulo home in Stanger.

Luthuli was an award-winning Maskandi musician who learnt singing traditional music as a child playing a tin guitar.

He was known for songs like Impatha, Khokha, 1818, and Ingqayi-ngqayi.

Luthuli released his latest album, entitled Imali Yabelungu (Whiteman’s Money), in February.

According to Abraham Mija, product manager for traditional music at Gallo Record Company, Luthuli’s title track achieved gold status within a week of its release.

Mija said: “The multi-platinum selling Maskandi artist had proven beyond doubt that he was the undisputed master of the genre and was at the top of his game.”

Luthuli has released 23 albums and sold over one million copies.

Mija described Luthuli as a talented musician who captivated audiences across the country with his guitar.

He said of Luthuli: “With his rhythmical and beat-driven style, Bhekumuzi told beautiful stories through his music, reaching deep into the hearts of millions of fans in South Africa.”

The details of his memorial service are yet to be announced.

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