Friends and family of veteran musician Robbie Malinga have continued to pay tribute to the Afro-pop singer and producer during his memorial service at Grace Bible Church in Soweto.
Malinga died on Monday at the age of 49.
He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.
Businessman and musician DJ Sbu says Malinga’s legacy is a great reflection of the contribution he has made to the music industry.
“When you look back from Robbie’s legacy, you can understand the contribution he’s made in the music industry. The type of success that Robbie gave a lot of artists and a lot of people is not the albums that he gave them. He gave them an ammunition. Kelly Khumalo doesn’t work with Robbie anymore, Musa doesn’t work with Robbie anymore, Zahara doesn’t work with Robbie anymore, I don’t work with with Robbie anymore. Any other person that he has touched, he has armed us with a tool to be able to express our musical experiences and knowledge and some of the lessons we’ve learnt from him.”
Kaizer Chiefs football club manager Bobby Motaung says he is still struggling to come to terms with the passing of the late Afro-pop legend.
Motaung says he grew up with Malinga in Soweto. He says Malinga has played his part in contributing to other people’s success.
“When I got the news, Dr Khumalo called me the day Robbie passed on, we were both in tears. We grew up together and I was very touched. I’m still touched. The success of anybody is designed and made by people around you and the people you serve and I think Robbie has played his part,” says the Kaizer Chiefs boss.
Kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane profusely apologized to the family of Robbie Malinga, for not being there during the last days of his life. Mabalane said he was ashamed of his behaviour.
As a producer he contributed in shaping the careers of artists like Zahara, Brickz, Brown Dash, Kabelo Mabalane, Arthur Mafokate, Ntando, Nhlanhla Nciza, Izinyoka, Mzekezeke and Sbu of Amalawyer fame and he also helped discover Malaika.
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