The Great Angels Choir has lost one of its founders and leader, Ben Mzumara who succumbed to long battle with Tuberculosis and anemia in the wee hours of Friday (April 26, 2013) at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe.
Great Angels’ Music Director William Zonda confirmed of the sad news to Nyasa Times, saying burial ceremony will take place on Saturday at Kaliyera in Lilongwe.
“He has been sick for some time and was admitted to Kamuzu Central Hospital. It is a devastating moment right now for the choir and all our fans to lose such person. He was the pillar and leader for us physically and spiritually,” mourned Zonda.
According to Zonda, Mzumara, who once lived in Zambia, came to Malawi in 1978 and helped to form Great Angels Choir in 1982, and was the only remaining founding member.
He died at age of 39 and hailed from Nkhatabay.
Ben Mzumara was the professionally trained musician in the 25-member choral group. He studied music at Chancellor College through the sponsorship of the church-Church of Africa Presbyterian (CAP).
“Ben was a leader, mentor and trainer. We have learned a lot from him. He helped in rearranging most of our songs and vocal trainings”.
Great Angels is one of the leading choirs in the country with record-breaking selling albums, thus, the recently released Ndiyende Bwanji, Mundifungatile and Tigwireni Zanja, which contain a popular song Paine ndekha sindingathe.