Barely eleven years after the demise of Malawi’s reggae dancehall superstar and urban music pioneer Vic Marley, the country seem to slowly forget the icon, a development which his family has described as unfortunate.
Born Victor Kunje, the “Hii Hoo” star died on 24 May, 2005 in a tragic road accident along Lunzu road close to ESCOM transformers.
Speaking to Nyasa Times in an interview, brother to the late Vic Marley and upcoming reggae dancehall star, Direct Music Group’s Chifundo Kunje also known as Reptiler disclosed that the family would love to organise something to remember the star in a special way but they lack resources.
He appealed to well wishers including fellow artists, government and the general public to come forward as the Memorial Day is fast approaching.
“We are actually looking for sponsorship. I personally have plans about his memorial shows and I have talked to a couple of people about it. It’s just that I was young and I wasn’t involved with music back then,” he added. “Star Marley has been on the low for a while with his music career so you know it’s hard to talk about it.”
Reptiler could not hide his feelings on how some artists seem to have forgotten about Vic Marley and yet they jack his style.
“Alotta artists out there bite Vic Marley’s style, especially dancehall artists but they do not do anything to show that they remember him. It’s sad and depressing at the same time,” he bemoaned.
In 2013, Vic Marley was honoured with a Life Time Achiever Award at Urban Music Party (UMP) Festival which took place at Blantyre Cultural Center (formerly French Cultural Center) in Blantyre.
His only album “Mau Anga” had hits such as “Adaferanji”, “Malilime” and “Chidikhodikho feat Annie Matumbi” while “Traffic Police feat Blackamoore” was released as a single.