Great Star Lundi Tyamara Dies: Epitaph on his monument

2017-01-27 20:49

I am deeply saddened  by the death of Lundi Tyamara. In life Lundi Tyamara was made to be the inspired poet of the spiritual affections. Through song, every subject he touched lifted up in the sky and moved deeply the soul of the listener. In the spiritual gospel music community in South Africa, Lundi followed on the giant footsteps of Mr Oleseng Shuping and Mr Sammy Malete.

Lundi Tyamara died this Friday, 27 January 2017 at the tender age of 38.

We have no intimate information regarding the ways in which he first submitted his life to the supreme subject of Spirituality. But he started singing religious songs very early in his teens.

Lundi's song lyrics are rooted in the Book of Psalms in the Bible. The Book of Psalms is the biographical sketch of one of the founding kings of the nation of Israel, King David. David's life is characterized by its romantic variety. From the time when David was a little boy herding his father's sheep at the backside of Bethlehem to the time when he became a friend and son in law of the king (Saul) and to eventually becoming the most notable king of Israel himself, David's life is striking. He became a friend of the king because of his musical skills, playing his harp helped the king from his depression, that was the reason he was brought from poverty herding sheep to the palace.

Through the Book of Psalms we are introduced to David with his many faults passing through the most sharply contrasting conditions. The early shepherd life with its meditative and quiet moments deeply influenced his character.  Each psalm he composed reflects that part of his life.

Who in the world can forget little David killing that giant called Goliath? The story of David and Goliath is the remarkable story.

Before he becomes a king he is "hunted like an animal in the mountains".  He is homeless sleeping in caves "like an animal".

David after being crowned king commits the most vile sin. He takes another man's wife and then kills the man to cover his tracks.

The various changes and varying tone of his life and his many faults are the many colored threads from which the rich web of his psalms (songs) is woven.

Lundi Tyamara was most remarkable for his intimate and profound acquaintance with the Book of Psalms, discovering its hidden riches, unfolding its rich interactions and harmonies. Yes. He had a rare talent of singing the Psalms of David, moving people into tears and joyfulness; with his melodic voice, the blended harmonies of all devout emotions. The power, namely, of expressing all the sentiment and feeling contained in the Book of Psalms by means of the living voice, having first felt its Divine energy.

In physique, Lundi was slender kind of lanky. In manner, he was soft-spoken, even taciturn. His general frame was cheerfulness. But when you talked to him it was as if you had to pull words out of him: very quiet, very reluctant to speak. Nevertheless his work in singing the Psalms of David spoke louder, much louder than his quiet personality.

Lundi's susceptible nature especially assailable by the delights of sense let him into many faults. The centre has not managed to hold and things began to fall apart as Lundi's star was soaring. His devotion was gradually being contaminated. But no person judged him more than he judged himself.  His generous nature had allowed him to openly confess his afflicted personality, and accepted responsibility for such grave failures in conduct.Sweet are the uses of adversity.

When all is peeled back, you saw a wonderfully rich and lovable character.

May his journey into the ages be Blessed.....

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