Late mentor’s wisdom lives on

2017-02-08 06:02
Puleng March Photos: Supplied

Puleng March Photos: Supplied

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The passing of award-winning gospel singer Lundi Tyamara will forever leave a void in the life of 2006 Metro FM award winner Puleng March.

The MTN Joyous Celebration gospel singer made this statement as she spoke about her musical journey with Tyamara, following the sad news of his passing.

Tyamara reportedly died due to complications with abdominal TB and a liver condition in the early hours of Friday, 27 January.

March, who was born and went to school in Kimberley, sang the praises of Tyamara’s role in nurturing local talent.

She said she had joined Tyamara in 2001, when she was a backup singer and dancer for Tyamara.

According to her, fresh flashbacks of her working relationship with Tyamara had continued to play in her memory the day before the sad news about the gospel star’s passing had been confirmed.

March was among the many artists who gathered at the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg to pray for Tyamara’s recovery on Thursday, 26 January.

She had worked with Tyamara for more than five years until she decided to go solo with her album Thaba Tshweu, that was released in 2006.

This album won two Metro FM awards in 2006.

March described Tyamara’s positive role in her winning the Metro FM titles as best newcomer and best female newcomer.

“He started my career and gave me my first professional job as a musician, or backup singer,” said march.

“One thing that I was assured of, after ending our working relationship, was that he loved his fans and was very supportive of my solo projects.”

He continued to play the role of a mentor by motivating her and giving advice on the “do’s and dont’s” in the music industry, as well as reminding her of how proud he was of her.

“The passing of my brother Lundi has touched me so deeply. He was like a brother to me and he called me his baby.

“I will never forget that he shed a tear when I told him I was leaving during our last show in Polokwane in 2004. It is very rare for a boss to cry, but I guess that is how much he loved me and loved working with me.”

She had been surprised when Tyamara called her mom, asking her to convince March to stay.

“He was caring, loving and crazy at times. He was funny and had a beautiful soul indeed.”

She said the last time she had spoken to Tyamara had been in 2016 before he was hospitalised, when he had said he prayed to God to bless her like He had blessed him, and reminded her to stay humble.

“I will forever be greatful to him for what he has done for me, and I will always love and miss him.”

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