Lundi Tyamara
Durban - A gospel music legend, colourful character and a musical freedom fighter is how politicians will remember acclaimed singer Lundi Tyamara.

President Jacob Zuma yesterday hailed the Mphefumlo Wami hitmaker as “one of the best gospel artists” South Africa had produced.

The multiaward-winning Tyamara was admitted to hospital a month ago with TB and a liver condition. On Monday, he was moved to ICU and placed on life support. He died just after midnight yesterday.

“We’re deeply saddened by the loss of a talented artist at such a young age we’re with his family in thoughts and prayers during this trying period. May his soul rest in peace,” said Zuma.

The EFF called on all artists to “pick up Tyamara’s spear and emulate him in not only singing for their fans, but to sing for whatever party they felt aligned to”.

Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi described him as a freedom fighter who had performed on EFF stages when it was unfashionable to do so.

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“We send heartfelt condo- lences to the family of Tya- mara, his fans, the EFF whom he shared revolutionary moments with on stage and South Africans at large,” Ndlozi said.The IFP’s Blessed Gwala said the South African music industry 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,” said Gwala.

The DA said Tyamara’s death was a loss to the music fraternity. “We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones during this most difficult time,” said spokesperson Refiloe Nt’sekhe.

“(He) enjoyed a successful musical career spanning more than 20 years and his music resonated with all South Africans, young and old.”

Tyamara’s list of accolades include wins at the Samas, Crown Gospel Music Awards and the Kora awards. He sold more than 3.7 million albums in South Africa.