Political parties have paid tributes on the passing of the fallen gospel artist, Lundi Tyamara, who died on Friday morning due to TB-related illness.
Tyamara, 38, died at the Edenvale Hospital where he was being treated for TB of the stomach.
The gospel star was famed for his 1998 smash hit, Mphefumulo Wami, which was also coincidentally the title of his debut gospel album when he burst into the industry with a bang.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura sent his condolences to the Tyamara’s family, friends and the music industry at large.
“Lundi’s dedication and commitment to his craft saw him grow from humble beginnings into a household name in the gospel industry. On behalf of the people of Gauteng and the provincial government, I extend our condolences to the family, friends and the entire entertainment industry,” said Makhura.
“We (are) deeply saddened at losing such a young talented life. May his Soul Rest in eternal Peace,” said the Gauteng Premier.
The EFF said it received the news of the award-winning gospel artist with sadness.
EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the artist shared “revolutionary moments” with the beret-wearing party on stage.
“Lundi Tyamara was one of us. He sang and performed on EFF stages even when it was unfashionable to do so. When many artists were isolated and criticized for being associated with the EFF, Lundi stayed with us because in essence, he believed in the course and generational call of Economic Freedom.
“Not only did he remain in our associations, Lundi openly supported the EFF. It is therefore not just an artist that has fallen but a revolutionary who used his talent to awaken our people spiritually and to partake in generational revolution of his time,” said Ndlozi.
Ndlozi said the talented musician would remain in the party’s memories.
“(He) remains one of the best musicians the country has ever seen. His talent and frenzy-causing performances will remain embedded in the core of our memories. May his soul rest in perfect revolutionary peace,” he said.
The NFP was saddened by the passing and commended Lundi for admitting to his “weaknesses” and sought help for it.
“Lundi was one of the few young artist who did admit in his weaknesses and seek for help always, he was not perfect but always strive to become a better person. Despite his mistakes let his love and passion for music continue to inspire, comfort our people even during this sad moment,” said NFP spokesman Sabelo Sigudu.
The IFP said South Africa had lost a legend.
“It’s a moment of great sorrow to the family and the music industry, particularly, the gospel genre. His music touched the hearts of millions of people. Tyamara was a gifted musician who left an indelible mark in the country and represented our country with distinction,” said IFP MP Blessed Gwala.
Kenneth Mokgatlhe, PAC spokesman, said despite being hospitalised they never imagined the Tyamara would pass on so soon.
"While we are trying to come to terms with the recent passing of another great gospel start, Sfiso Ncwane who was just "stolen" from us in the recent past, we sadly learn of another Godsend star, Lundi.
"Lundi filled our hearts and homes with a sound spirit through his emotional gospel of God. His music was too loaded with message of motivation, courage and full of life. His music made others realise their capabilities and goals in life while many realise that their immediate circumstance were not accident but that God was working on such circumstances being they good, better or bad," he said.
The PAC said although Tyamara was no saint, his music proved him to be "the best amongst the best".
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