Mabilinganya Empire to publish Mafunyeta’s biography

Mabilinganya Empire, an urban music outfit to which fallen musician Patrick Magalasi popularly known as Mafunyeta belonged, has said it will soon start documenting the life of their departed colleague and publish a book.

One of the outfit’s members Madalitso Kabula aka Mady P told Nyasa Times  that Mafunyeta was an icon in the country’s music circles whose spirit needs to live on not only through his music but also through an autobiography.

“He was a brilliant young man full of talent,” said Mady P. “We want to continue celebrating his life.”

He added: “Currently we’re talking to writers-cum-biographers whom we’ll begin working with soon.”


According to Mady P, much as donations from well-wishers are welcome the team is ready to finance the project through a number of activities they have lined up for the course.

“Some of the activities include shows,” the third year Bachelor of Arts student at Mzuzu University (Mzuni), equally a sensational urban artist recently renowned for his music video Tamu Street, said.

Mafunyeta died last August after a bout with asthma.

His death came barely 24 hours after his sister was laid to rest in Mwanza where the family hails from.

Mafunyeta’s demise has shocked many especially his peers in Area 18 location where he was residing with his parents.

One of his peers, Noel Chitimba, had described Mafunyeta as a sociable talented youth who was fast ascending to the pinnacle of his career.

“I’m at loss of word,” he had said. “It is very sad that the neighbourhood is robbed of such young and enterprising youth especially in the social world.”

Mafunyeta came to the lime light in music circles with his rather diverse approach to dance hall music and he exhausted the airwaves with his most loved hit, Kangobwera.

Some of his more memorable hits include Ndimakondwa and Kangobwera.

According to his brother Innocent, Mafunyeta had just released a song called ‘Come back again’ through Kaitana Kavula Warge Records.

As an artist, his strength in music lied in his poetic composition full of rhyming lyrics which he sung in a way that left many asking for more.

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