Minister Nathi Mthethwa Pays Tribute to Gospel Singer Lundi Tyamara

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27 Jan 2017

It was with a deep shock that we heard of the sudden demise of Lundi Tyamara in the early hours of this morning. The nation has lost a creative son at such a tender age.

But after a long battle with illness, we are consoled that he no longer suffers and is now at peace. He has departed from our midst at the age of 38 yet having made an immense contribution to gospel music.

He came to Johannesburg at the age of 16 to record his music.  He showed great determination and great promise from the outset and was passionate about gospel music.

His unique voice immediately made him very popular. Lundi Tyamara's career began as a backup vocalist, before his talents caught the attention of gospel producer and executive Tshepo Nzimande.

Lundi's artistry manifested itself profoundly with his 1998 multi-platinum selling album "Mphefumlo Wami". Despite facing challenges over the years, like a phoenix he always emerged from the ashes and rose to the occasion.

It is evident that Lundi took messages in songs like "Mina Ngithembu Jesu" to heart, as he overcame negativity through his trust in the Lord. As we mourn his passing, let us remind ourselves that as it is said in the Book of John: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die."

Our deepest sympathies go to Lundi Tyamara's family, friends and fans, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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