Tladi said he met the tall giant through his musical genius which enticed him to get him to perform in Limpopo during the early 1990s.
“First time it was through a friend from Germany and since then we never parted ways. We have lost a great musician who graced our festivals with amazing performances that kept audiences dancing.”
Tladi said the loss of such great musicians meant that the economy of the country was becoming thin.
“He contributed to the economy of this country. My plea to the president of Zimbabwe is (for him) to invite Thomas Mafumu and all other exiled musicians to come back home to ignite the arts and culture sector of Zimbabwe. That will be part of trying to help the economy of that country.”
“The memory of having this brother was a gift to a lot of us. Whenever we were performing at the same venues, we would leave notes for each other spreading the cultural evangelism. The brother is no more but his spirit will live among us.”
Mtukudzi’s band members Fiona Gwena and Charles Njekesa said South Africa was a second home for them.
“He was daddy to us. He changed our lives for the better. It’s a difficult time because we thought he would still be with us. We had so many plans for this year, for Cape Town jazz. We want to celebrate the time and lessons learnt (from him). He brought such a vibe in our lives,” Njekesa said.