President Jacob Zuma has paid tribute to the late Robbie Malinga, as eulogies continue to pour in for the singer and producer, eNCA reported. At the age of 47, Malinga died on Christmas day after a long battle with anaemia.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a talented artist. This is indeed a huge loss for South Africa and the music industry as a whole. We are with his family in thoughts and prayers during this trying period. May his soul rest in peace. Malinga's rise to fame coincided with the increasing popularity of kwaito music in the 1990s. He played a role in shaping the genre," the presidency said in a statement on Tuesday evening.
Gauteng MEC for arts and culture Faith Mazibuko visited Malinga's home on Tuesday, calling for his family to receive the necessary support. According to Eyewitness News (EWN), Mazibuko said Malinga's wife was "inconsolable".
"The family is still devastated; the wife is inconsolable and is crying very much, but with the help of family members and those that are available they are there to console her," she said.
Musician Zahara broke down in an interview with eNCA while talking about Malinga, who she said was "like a father" to her.
Arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa, singer Lira and former public protector Thuli Madonsela were also among those who paid tribute to the late singer.
Robbie Malinga's authentic South African sound was of such an influence it infiltrated other genre's of music. His production in Doc Shebeleza's Kwaito hit "Gets Getsa" was used by Hip Hop artist Prokid to make his hit song "Sekele" #RIPRobbieMalinga #RememberingRobbieMalinga pic.twitter.com/vwAt2xmT8m— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) December 26, 2017
I was looking forward to seeing @RobbieMalinga on stage on Jan 1st. My deepest condolences to his family and fans. South Africa has lost a legendary producer & musician. #RIPRobbieMalinga pic.twitter.com/a4lEh9COTu pic.twitter.com/zlc2GQN2vQ— LIRA-BORN FREE album (@Miss_LIRA) December 26, 2017
Saddened by the passing of singer and music producer Robbie Malinga.Thank you for the music Robbie. Heartfelt condolences to family, friends and colleagues. #RIPRobbieMalinga pic.twitter.com/0R21fpHErf— Adv Thuli Madonsela (@ThuliMadonsela3) December 26, 2017
The exact cause of Malinga's death has not been reported, but he had battled anaemia for some time.
He was hospitalised in 2016.
"I was scared for my kids, man. My kids are so spoilt –– I make sure that I do everything for them. My wife as well; she's still young to have her husband die. It was scary, but I'm a strong person. I am a believer," he said in the interview.
Malinga joked about how he was teased over his weight loss, incurred as a result of the disease.
"It became a joke. People are mean out there. I had lost weight, and on social networks, they were saying I'm the face of Bio-Slim –– it was the funniest thing; I even laughed."
Malinga said he was "feeling much better", and told the publication that he was booked for gigs until January 19, 2018.