A memorial service was held for the late legendary New Brighton guitarist and producer Lawrence Matshiza in Gqeberha on Thursday.

Matshiza passed away last week at the age of 60 after suffering from long-term illness. He spent the early years of his career in Gqeberha, forming a band called Afro-Teens alongside Rebbeca Malope’s long-time gospel producer, Sizwe Zako.

Matshiza played with Nelson Mandela Bay bands, Tulips and Black Slaves, and musicians Jury Ntshinga and late Dineo Lebakeng.

Zako was at the memorial, and shared in this great loss to the arts community.

“He really helped a lot of people. The way he was so brilliant even when we started. As musicians, he would be bold and say this chord is not like this let me show you how it is. You know, he was really a person who shared his knowledge with people and as I understand, when he had some free time in the recreational centre, he would give class to the youngsters. Yes, he was one of the great musicians we had here in Port Elizabeth,” says Zako.