Tribute for maskandi musician

2010-04-07 14:45

The death of maskandi musician Bhekumuzi Luthuli today was a major

loss for South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal arts MEC Weziwe Thusi said.

“KwaZulu-Natal has lost yet another legend, a committed composer,

guitarist and singer who respected our cultural heritage and never strayed from

traditional music,” said Thusi.

Luthuli died in hospital this morning.

“His death is a huge loss to music in our country as a whole and we

will forever remember his contribution.”

Thusi commended Luthuli for the role he played in promoting

traditional music.

“His name had become synonymous with traditional music. We will

always remember important issues in our community.”

Luthuli began his music career in the 1980s when he joined the

mbaqanga band Oshimi based in Durban.

He then started his own band and released nearly 20 albums with

some achieving sales of platinum status.

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