Mafunyeta dies: Malawi dancehall star

The country’s urban music scene has lost  one of the creative artists, Mafunya who died on Sunday night due to Asthma, Nyasa Times has confirmed.

Mafunyeta’s close friend and fellow musician Anne Matumbi told Nyasa Times at the time the story was published that the dancehall artist died shortly after returning from Mwanza where he had gone to bury his sister Mphatso – who had also died of same Asthma.

“He passed away around 9pm at Area 18 dispensary on Sunday. He had returned from Mwanza and then he had an asthma attack. He had apparently run out of inhaler when he had the attack. He was rushed to the clinic where he was pronounced dead on arrival,”  told Nyasa Times from the funeral home in Lilongwe’s Area 18A.

Mafunyeta, born Patrick Magalasi, sprang onto the scene three years ago with his rare brand of dancehall that quickly captured listeners and ushered him at the top of the music charts.

He is famous for such hits such as ‘Kangobwera’ and ‘Ndimakondwa’.

Mafunyeta grew using desks and tins as instruments and was influenced by Evison Matafale and Rich Spice.

He  rose to stardom by winning talent competitions.

Mafunyetaa: Dies
Mafunyetaa: Dies

Mafunyeta made it big in 2009 when he released Kangobwera which caltaputed him into fame and eventually becoming one of the household names.

Some of his known tracks include My Queen and Udikire.

Mafunyeta, who was the leader of Lilongwe based dancehall group, Mabilinganya Empire was known for his free style on stage that had helped him to build up a large following.

According to reliable reports, Mafunyeta was working on a new album.

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