South African music legend Robbie Malinga passed away yesterday. Malinga had been diagnosed with anaemia earlier this year and has been in and out of hospital.
“South Africans will miss a genius in music,” his friend TK Nciza, TS Records founder, told eNCA. He described Robbie, as the “funniest guy” he had ever met and a “serious stalwart”.
Malinga was “the Hugh Masekela of our time”, said Nciza, adding that he helped build the careers of many, including Zahara.
The shock news of the Insimbi and Sobabili hitmaker’s death came as South Africa celebrates Christmas yesterday.
Nciza said that if there was one person who would remind him of a church or God, then it was Malinga.
Following his death celebrities, fans and admirers took to Twitter to pay tribute.