Jazz guitarist Simanga Zibula dies after crash

2013-01-25 00:00

JAZZ musician Simanga Zibula (44) died in hospital on Sunday after being involved in an accident on Caluza Road, Edendale, the day before.

The father of one was a member of local band Fate 4 Africa.

DJ Nka, his manager, described his death as a loss for the South African music industry.

“He was a talented, self-taught jazz guitarist who was always shining on stage with his performances. Simanga Zibula wanted to make a difference in the music industry without moving to Johannesburg.

“The painful thing is that he did not get the recognition he deserved in the music industry,” Nka added.

Team Zondi, his friend and band-mate, said Zibula was more than a friend. “He was like a brother to me. He was not just a guitarist; he was a multi-talented musician who played drums and piano and composed songs for the band. He wanted to see the band recording this year. He always helped other artists … as he had a unique touch in everything he did.”

He said the band had played with jazz artists Madala Kunene and Busi Mhlongo, among others.

Zondi remembers the band playing at the University of Natal in 1992 and impressing Lesotho jazz band Sankomota. It was later hired for two gigs and played with Johnny Clegg.

Fate 4 Africa played to welcome the Paraguay team during the 2010 World Cup at Michaelhouse in Nottingham Road. It also played around the country at jazz festivals and clubs.

Fellow musician Nomalanga Hlubi said Zibula was an artist who ensured he left his mark on the audience.

“The audience would ask for more whenever he played his guitar at gigs, and other well-known artists would want to share the stage with him.”

Six lives were lost in the accident.

Zibula’s funeral will be held at S’nathing on Sunday.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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