Departed Malawian hip-hop artist Revolver, real name Kenneth Muwamba, was laid to rest at HHI Cemetery in Blantyre on the afternoon of Tuesday.
A Trap Squad member, Revolver passed away on Sunday. He reportedly succumbed to gastric cancer.
At exactly 1:30pm, the remains of Revolver were lowered into the grave, while the choir sang the hymn“Tidzaonana Mulungu akalola”.
As popular as the “Sindidanda” rapper was among the urban music community, it was only a few artists who turned up to pay their last respects to the deceased friend.
Revolver, who was born on 28th September 1989 died on Sunday in Blantyre.
It was a handful of Blantyre-based musicians, including Fredokiss, Rina, Nesnes, Slessor, Kelvin Sings, Stitch Fray, Sir Patricks, DNA, Black Nina, Kabol, Pon G, Barry One and Lilia.
This prompted some people question the love and unity among the urban music community.
John Kangawa, one of the few people that attended the burial ceremonywas concerned that there was no tribute song from the musicians as a way of saying goodbye to their departed brother.
“This is really a shame to our musicians. At least they could have released a tribute song like what we saw during the late Grace Chinga and other artists,” he said.
“How can they treat their brother like this? We expected them to unite and do things in a proper manner. In football when a footballer dies it is his fellow players who carry the coffin, but what we have seen at HHI is regrettable from our musicians. They were not near to carry their friend’s coffin,” he said.
Until his demise, Revolver was a co-founder and member of Trap Squad Entertainment, the record label to which Trap Squad is signed to. He is one of Malawi’s most popular hip hop artists, best known for his 2011 song “Sindidanda”.
As an underground rapper he released his first solo mixtape in 2009 titled “Hardcore Blues”, the mixtape which did not do well and its singles hardly got any radio play.
He gained underground recognition in 2010 after releasing his second mixtape, “The Ridiculous LP”. The mixtape included the songs “Hustle NgatiM’mwenye” and the controversial ”Take you to hell” which both featured the Daredevilz.
“Hustle NgatiMmwenye” remix featured Rina, Dare Devilz, Jaxstar and K-Bonnie. The video was shot and directed by Ron Cz. One of the first videos he directed.
He followed this up with his debut album, “New Dawn” in 2011 which earned him mainstream popularity. The album’s most notable single was “Sindidanda” and its remix which was the year’s most popular hip hop song. His next album was 2012’s “Chilembwe ndi Madona”.
The album did not receive any promotion after he conflicted with his sponsors just before the singles were released; this eventually led to cancellation of his album launch.
Revolver formed his own record label, Trap Entertainment, with his manager Ron Cz. He has also co-directed a number of music videos with Ron, these include Stich fray’s “4 minus 3”, Hypa’s “Otis remix” and some of his own videos like “Sindidanda remix”, “Friends with benefits”, “So What” among others.
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