Memorial service for the late Robbie “Ntsimbhi” Malinga will be held at Grace Bible Church, Soweto on Friday.
Malinga succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Christmas day. He was 49.
President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday joined exhausting hearts including his cabinet ministers, celebrities, soccer outfit and union pioneers to extend sympathies to the family, friends, and fans of the late veteran Kwaito performer.
Passing on his compassion to Malinga family, allies, and accomplices, President Zuma said the star’s move to fame coincided with the expanding popularity of kwaito music in the 1990’s, expressing that he played a role in shaping the genre.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a capable artist. This is indeed a huge loss for South Africa and the music business. We are with his family in bits of knowledge and prayers in the midst of this trying period. May his spirit rest in peace,” President Zuma said in a statement on Tuesday.
Online networking was on Tuesday murmuring with messages of sympathies.
“The Club would like to convey our deepest condolences to the family of Robbie Malinga. ‘Bra Robbie’ was a staunch Bucs supporter and the voice behind the Orlando Pirates anthem, “Yiyo Le iBhakaniya”. May his soul Rest In Peace,” Orlando Pirates FC twitted.
“We’re broken by the sudden death Kwaito and Afro Pop producer, Robbie Malinga. We have lost a watched Kwaito pioneer. We send our most sincere condolences to his adored ones. #RIPRobbieMalinga” said Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa.
Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula said he will always remember Robstar [Robbie].
“You will be recognised as one among the best in Mzansi. Composer, producer and music vocalist par excellence,” said Mbalula
TV personality, Boity Thulo said she petitions God for Robbie to have a quiet adventure to our Eternal Source.
Eminent model, Maps Maponyane portray Robbie as a man still brimming with life.
“Miserable to know about his passing. May his spirit rest in peace,” said Maponyane.
The South African Government also sent its sincere sympathies to Malinga family and his fans.
“We are sorrowful to take in the news of the inconvenient passing away of Robbie Malinga.We send our most profound sympathies to his friends, family, and fans,” said officials.
African National Congress [Limpopo] has also sent most profound sympathies to the Malinga family, companions and fans.
Economic Freedom Fighters stated: “We pass our earnest sympathies to the family companions and every one of the devotees of his sound. May his spirit rest in peace.”
Trade Union pioneer Zwelinzima Vavi said he is disheartened by the departure of Robbie Malinga.
“I was playing his video the previous evening, featuring and partnering with other huge South African talents,” said Vavi.
Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Buti Manamela said he has never met Robbie, however, he composed melodies just as they were already aware of each other on a first name bases.
“May his spirit rest in peace,” said Manamela.