More tributes for Grace Chinga, burial Saturday: Ex-hubby mourns Malawi gospel songbird

Rodger Moffat an ex-husband to gospel diva, Grace Chinga has expressed shock at her sudden death on Wednesday.

Chinga: Tributes pour in

Chinga: Tributes pour in

Grace reportedly had complained of a headache and collapsed at her residence in Blantyre. She was taken to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the city, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Moffat, a freelance photographer who was married to Grace for 10 years before a Blantyre Magistrate Court dissolved the marriage in 2007 following matrimonial differences, said he learnt of her death Wednesday night.

He said the demise of his ex-wife and mother of his two children was a great loss to him and his family.

“We heard from Maggie Mangani that she complained of headache and later collapsed. She was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

“We never heard of any illness,” a grief-stricken Moffat said at parliament building in Lilongwe on Thursday morning.

Legendary Afro-jazz saxophonist, Wyndham Chechamba, gospel and circular musicians alike have also expressed shock over the death of gospel songbird, Grace Chinga, describing it as irreparable loss in the industry.

The 82-year-old musician, Chechamba, said death had again robbed the industry and the nation “one of the finest female artists who raised the country’s profile.”

Chechamba said he had seen Grace from the start to her epic level and that it was heart-breaking to think of her as late.

“She raised our profile together with the likes of Ethel Kamwendo and many others but it is her total commitment and the passion she put into her music that will never be equaled,” said Chechamba.

He added that as an ageing artist he took pride in the talented upcoming artists and hoped that they would carry the baton and run with it.

Meanwhile, President for Music Association of Malawi, Rev. Chimwemwe Mhango, has said musicians in the country are mourning Grace and he described her demise as painful.

“She is gone but her music will still live,” wrote Rev. Mhango on his Facebook page. “Death is so painful but in Christ we have our strength and hope of meeting again in His glory …  Rev.14:13. To God be the glory. Amen.”

Another veteran musician and producer, Joseph Tembo, described Grace as a one great artist and performer the nation ever had.

“We have lost amazing talent,” responded Tembo via social media. “She was a great composer, song writer stage performer and she had sweet voice. She inspired many young upcoming singers and she was hard working.”

Tembo said as a producer, he enjoyed working on Grace’s production in the studio.

Grace was yet to launch her new album Ndzaulura.

Born on June 28, 1978, Grace is survived by three children.

Burial is on Saturday at Henry Henderson Institute (HHI) in Blantyre.– Additional reporting by Jabulani Kamngoya, Mana

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103 thoughts on “More tributes for Grace Chinga, burial Saturday: Ex-hubby mourns Malawi gospel songbird”

  1. Pastor Victor Banda says:

    Grace was such a prolific singer that my life in Zambia has been made new through her messages in the music industry. May. God comfort the family. One day tidzaimba nyimbo!

  2. phiri joseph says:

    Mama.mentor and teacher your song ndidzayimba.you will be in our heart.rest in peace mama grace chinga

  3. Weldone Timothy says:

    pakuti kunalembedwa kuti chamoyo chilichose chisalawa imfa

  4. hawa Sherry says:

    Maw her soul rest in peace

  5. Fred Kandayah says:

    R.I.P Talented Mama Chinga..ongoing to miss your talent

  6. Ernest Chiposi says:

    RIP Grace

  7. Gospel fruternity will miss lyrics of the late…Grace Chinga.. RIP

  8. yona ba says:

    kwanga ndikulira koma ngati ndimunthu wachita izi azipemphela kwambili

  9. Geoster says:

    Mulungu akulandireni mamah.mtima ukuwawa kwambiri nkusowa chonena.

  10. RiP,one day,we will see you,Amen

  11. sizinthera says:

    RIP ,Grace Chinga

  12. Ndikulakalaka moyo ukudzawo,ndikulakalaka paradiso momwe simuzakhala infa,matenda,kulira ndi zowawisa zosiyanasiyana؛‎(chivumbulutso 21:1-5).Infa ya oyimba wanga wapamtima,grace yandipasa sembwe,makamaka ndikamakumbukira nyimbo yomwe idandisuntha woyo ya udzaimba nyimbo,mawu ndilibe anzeru yanga ndi misozi

  13. Nicholas Nyirenda says:

    May her soul rest in peace. Am shocked at her death, God our Father knows….

  14. Ntukanika says:

    Yehova ndi yankho ya zonse.wakodola mbalame yoimba mwachikoka.watisiya chinga mu ludzu la mingoli ya uZimu

  15. cathey kapanga turner says:

    may your soul grace rest in peace

  16. Michael says:

    R.I.P

  17. Kwanga Ndikulira Koma Ndikudziwa Kuti Tidzaonana Lipenga Likazalira

  18. chimenya says:

    Muuse mutendele chemwari

  19. emanuel says:

    Nothing I can say bt ndine orila kwambri by the way mzimu wanu uuse mutendele yooooooh. Ndi emweuja Emanuel chimenya boom

  20. renneck says:

    amen grace is gone but GOD will make the family through out of this mess R I P grace .

  21. Thebulu gondwe says:

    R I P.

  22. Malawi will miss sensational gospel singer-grace chinga

  23. ALFRED KATONTHA says:

    Kaya satanic kaya ayi !! Koma Grace Ndi Yesu We See Paradise And Nothin Else

  24. REV W KAUNDA says:

    ife timamvetsera kugwira mtima kwa nyimbo zanu mai mau tilibe;GRACE abwino sakhalitsa ;MULUNGU NGWAMKULU REST IN PEACE

  25. Hastings mafco betera mk says:

    Only God knowz our life mama grace ndikukumbukila ndi nyimbo youlemerelo ukhale mwamba ntendere paziko amen!

  26. MM says:

    Mzimu wake uwuse mumtendere.

  27. Chimwemwe H.Mtole says:

    Ndili olira kwambiri ndi ifa yanu mai Grace,sindidzakuyiwalani maka panyimbo yomwe munayimba ya mwayenera yesu kulandila ulemu.R.l.P mama

  28. esnai says:

    Zion Zion mzinda….akonzera iwe ndi ine….inanso adzakuvula chiguduli cha umphawi wako ndi cha umasiye wako pomwepo udzaimba nyimbo. will miss u mama. may God comfort the kids

  29. Kingsley kamoto Gitabho says:

    Zinandikhuza kwambiri nditangomva kuti Grace chinga watisiya, mtima wanga unasweka kusowa chogwira,mulungu wanga fungatilani mzimu wabale wathuyu Grace, sindizaiwalaa nyimbo zake zonse ,,monga ndiululireni ndizonse MHSRIP GRACE we are together in spirit of Jesus Amen

  30. its very hard to get over it even to believe that she has gone for real i will always miss your performance at stage.its only God who create you knows better why you have left the world wthout finishing your mission the country will sadly miss sister Grace.R.I.P.

  31. Innocent jumbe jnr says:

    Grace will neva b forgotten for ur commitment ,talent & focus to ur muzk arena.r.i.p cc

  32. Mcloud Bwanali says:

    Rest in Peace mayi

  33. “Chin’dalitso chandilemera ” Grace your music will keep on inspiring so many souls. As a church elder l used to quote you on my preaching. Really this journey needs preparation. Rip
    Charles

  34. Agnala Jumbe says:

    kuli Mulungu kumwamba amene amadziwa zovumbuluka ndi zinsisi…amalawi tonse tiyeni tilape machimo athu onse ndikumulandira yesu monga mbuye ndi mpulumutsi wamoyo wathu kuti nyengo ngati iyi ikafika tikhale tili mbali yake ……Yesu khistu akubweranso posachedwa…..amen

  35. Steve Kalembera says:

    Infa sili patali nafe. Pumani bwino Chemwali. Kudzavuta kuti tizakuiwaleni.

  36. Blessings l Nyondo says:

    imfa ya Grace yatiwawitsa mitima kwambiri taluza munthu wofunikila kwambiri kumalawi, ineyo ngati munthu modzi osatira gospel ,ndizamkumbukila ndi nyimbo yakuti Ambuye ndiululileni chinsisi chamoyo wanga. Pepani akubanja lofeledwa komanso kumtundu wa Malawi Mulungu atitsogolele munyengo yowawitsa ngati iyi. Rest in Peace Grace.

  37. Ndine munthu odandaula kamba ka imfa ya grace chinga coz grace anali munthu amene amayimba nyimbo zake za gospel zomwe zimanditenga mtima mwaichi ndine olira pot ndzinthu zokozedwa nd mulungu tingot muuse mmutendere

  38. Sister Grace may your soul rest in peace .we miss you and will always remember you when playing your song mundisungile kolona,kolona wamoyo.we are there for your burial though we are in a far land from our home country but soul and mind are there .muzimu wanu uuse mtendere.

  39. Eustar says:

    Sindikukhulupililanso kuti ku gospel show kuzikoma komabe wachilola yehova wayenela kulandiladi ulemu monga momwe munanenela chemwali koma ngakhale mwanyamuka musanaulule mulungu ndi oopsya ziululikabe r.i.p cc

  40. Luke Kazembe says:

    Mzimu wanu uuse mumtendere a Grace Chinga. Tisowa luso lanu.

  41. Martin says:

    Chonena tilibe kwathu nkulira dzulo timalira mafunyeta,,, lero tkulira Grace mawa tilira ena nkucha adzatilira ena ndmmene Chauta analembera. R…I…P mai.

  42. Tamia says:

    Ndife yani kuti timufuse ambuye kuti walolelanji zotelezi, muzonse ambuye muzilemekezeka

  43. Angel chagunda says:

    Gods time is the best may His name be praised your soul rest in internal peace

  44. Kunene kude says:

    Whatever happens on earth we must know that God is never mocked besides that Gods tym is the best there is always time foreverythng. RIP GRACE

  45. Tamanda Banda says:

    R I P

  46. bamusi says:

    Sanathedi kukugulira moyo. Wapita wapita basi. Nchifukwa chake Mulung akuti Tonse tidzabwezedwa kwa iye. Rely on the creator not any created human being.

  47. Frank Arnold Remey Mankhwala says:

    Mzimu wanu uutse mumtendere chemwali mwa Ambuye

  48. Boniface says:

    We will miss the voice of the songbird. May her soul rest in peace

  49. harris pondanie says:

    God called and Grace answered! In evrythng may Godz name be praised! U wil be misd Grace! May ur soul rest in perfect pic

  50. Jona Mtowa says:

    Oooooooohhhhuuuuuu. Grace Mulungu akhale Mulungu. Imfa ndi mdala kupha ndi kuononga. Ndi Sambi chabe. Mulungu ayende nanu Mai

  51. James huluwella says:

    We will miss you Grace R.I.P

  52. regna thom says:

    Chifukwa chani mulungu mwalola, landilani zimu wake

  53. Mac Kafunya says:

    You were such a talented woman…Malawi will miss you Grace!!!

  54. Dan Ayami says:

    We really miss U Grace may ur soul rest in peace. U leave us speechless

  55. Chimwemwe mwale,john malunje,Esau banda says:

    Grace indeed rest in peace I was shock by the I heard that you are gone Malawi will never forget you

  56. Robinson S Mwambira says:

    We will miss you Grace .RIP

  57. tadeyo says:

    so sad

  58. aze says:

    kolona Rest in internal peace tikusowani

  59. Innocent Kanamazina says:

    We were from dust & we will return to dust indeed. Rest in peace Grace till we meet again heaven.

  60. DAVID says:

    lm speechless u ve been so inspirational to me R I P GRACE

  61. A Chisale says:

    ntchito yofalitsa unthenga munagwira kauseni ndi anjelo.

  62. Vida Mkanda says:

    Grace… You will never be forgotten by the nation. You were such a humble woman. You taught us how to perform on stage when we were doing practices at Rhem and Gibb studios and we successfully did at the show. You were a woman with such a beautiful heart. You wanted the best for everyone. But why so soon, early and sudden???? God has answers but we will miss you. May God protect your body and receive your spirit till we meet again. Rest in peace mama and we will love you forever.

  63. julius chadewa kaunda says:

    Here in south Africa ,RIP

  64. COLBY MAJON says:

    RIP Grace mzimu wake uwuse mum’tendere!

  65. jones joseph says:

    it is a grt lose even to as Zambians cuz she waz trurly a talented woman by Gods grace her music inspired so many souls.M.H.S.R.I.P.,,,,,,until we meet again.

  66. jailos kaziputa says:

    It’s too early to leave Mother Malawi like that sister Grace. Nobody will match you. May your soul rest in eternal peace.

  67. mache Joy says:

    the degree of the pain of loosing her is still gaining power inside me why cant the mortuary reject her?? how can the casket receive her body????? LORD YOU have taught me to say YOU are great and YOUR ways are always faithful and ever true we glorify YOUR HOLY name LORD JESUS for I know YOUR eyes were there up to the very last moment of her life and YOU allowed it to happen…..Praise be unto YOUR name LORD JESUS

  68. Ishmael says:

    Yes, Joseph Tembo enjoyed her company in the studio. You are saying the truth Josee.
    Waziziwa za mu studio zija!!!!!!!!

  69. Nelly says:

    Osanama Mwaphwetetsa Adona Amatero? Mukause Ndi Ntendere,

  70. PROPHET AMOS says:

    RIP Grace, mwapita kuthupi koma ulaliki wanu kuzera mnyimbo mwatisiira. I hope mwauona Zioni mzinda opasa kaso umene mudanena kut ife ndi inu tikakhalereko.
    to God be the glory!

  71. jenala says:

    RIP GRACE.

  72. Milton phiri says:

    i knw God iz happy with u Grace we shal meet in Gods kingdom R.I.P Grace chalom.

  73. Mbuyawo says:

    No 16 read todays paper she was raped while in form 2

  74. Mulungu wakukondani kwambiri Grace, your songs wll b reminding me to mourn your departure any time they wll b singing

  75. bmazimbo says:

    Mafunso enawa asintha chiyani pa imfa ya munthu mnzathuyu abale. Ino ndi nthawi yopeleka mauthenga otonthoza achiyembekezo kwa Iwo amene imfayi yawakhudza. RIP Grace.

  76. ODAHLISIKA MBEWE says:

    It is such shocking and terrifying news.Iam one of late Grace Chinga’s Zambia fan.Indeed the world is not our home but we are just passing by.May the soul of late Grace rest in peace.

  77. Isaac chipasuka says:

    Walimbana nako kulimbana kwabwino ndipo wamaliza ntchitoyi grace chinga, mzimu wako uwuse mu mtendere

  78. patrethel says:

    R I P ,Ndichinkozero chamwini moyo,Sitingasusane naye

  79. I was very shocked when I head about your death Thursday morning . Iwill always remember you by ndapulumuka mwa chisomo

  80. tadeyo wellington says:

    So sad, utumiki wanu umathandizira moyo wathu wa uzimu, RIP Gracet

  81. Mayi a Titatu says:

    Iwe 10, who put you on the judgement seat and who are you to judge her. When did you do the post-mortem to know that she died of high blood pressure. you should be the person who put up this same stupid comment yesterday. That bitterness will not help you and you should repent.

    Grace was one of her kind when it came to gospel music and she helped many people to come to the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ with her songs. Mmmmmmh! All I can visionise is her singing with all the saints and angels having seen what Jesus his for her. Now she is singing real praise and worship after seeing our Lord in all his majesty. Oh! What a joy awaits those who are in the Lord and live according to his laws and commands.

  82. Newman says:

    Rest in Peace Grace – “Udzayimba nyimbo” the song blesses my heart! Till meet in God’s glory

  83. Mayi a Titatu says:

    Iwe number 10. Who put you on the judgment seat and who are you to judge her? When did you do the post-mortem to know that she died of high blood pressure? And you may be the same person who put up this same stupid comment yesterday. That bitterness will not help you mbale. You need to repent.

    Grace was one of her kind when it came to Gospel music and she helped many come to the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Mmmmmmh All I can visionise is her singing with all the other saints and angels. Singing real songs of praise and worship having seen what Jesus did for her. Beholding him who died for her is all his majesty. Oh! What a joy awaits those who are in Christ Jesus and live according to his laws and commands.

  84. wavisanga says:

    RIP Grace, too bad to lose you at that tender age.

  85. Brinol Blessings Banda says:

    Grace why?

  86. vincent gwaza says:

    rest in peace

  87. Naponela says:

    who is the father of her third child? was she born out of wedlock?

  88. Chilanga says:

    Hossana Kumwambakooooooo…………..RIP GRACE.

  89. anadimba says:

    walandira kolona.moyo womwe unapempha Mulungu wakupatsa. Gonani bwino.

  90. Bande Brian says:

    Rest in peace Grace,koma imfa yanu ikuwawa.My God why Grace?

  91. hannah wezzie says:

    hannah

    kuchoka sachoka choncho Grace. RIP. ifa ya munthu olongama ndi chiyambi cha moyo watsopano

  92. Christopher Vokhiwa says:

    Rest in Peace Grace, Chikho changa chisefuka……….

  93. Chipalamandule says:

    Iam sorry very sorry. Ana aleredwa bwanji. Please ma devorse awutsiru si abwino. Poti mwamuna ndi photographer basi kumusiya ati ndi mphawi? Ukayankha kwa mulungu.Pokwatirana sumadziwa kuti ndi photographer?Unayamba kupeza bwino chiukw2a cha iye.Mwaziwona mwamuna wa tsopanoyo kukukwatirirani nkazi wina inu BP kukwera zanu izo chimaso maso.

  94. Ambuye muwapatse anthu akufa Chiusiro chosatha ndipo kuyera kosatha kuwalitse maso awo. AMEN

  95. Charlene Mwafulirwa says:

    cant believe. You were my one and all in the gospel music industry Grace. R.I.P

  96. Mzimu wanu uwuze mumtendele Grace, tikusowani bas poti zinalembedwa nafenso tikudikira ulendo umenewu.

  97. Buyelekhaya says:

    “circular” and “secular” mean two different things!

  98. NOEL NKHOMA says:

    KUCHOKA SACHOKA CHONCHO AZITUMIKI AMULUNGU NANGA ATSUTSE ZONYASA ZA DZIKO NDI NDANI?GRACE UMATITSITSIMUTSA TIKAMVA UTUMIKI WAKO KOTERO TIKUSOWA KWAMBIRI GRACE!

  99. Anthony bai says:

    Rest in peace grace

  100. Chandiwira says:

    Grace, you are gone but your music will still remain in the minds of many

  101. Mubwezi withu says:

    Tikulira nanu

  102. ellias says:

    RIP Grace. Continue singing with the Angels in heaven.

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