Malawi mourns one of its greatest musicians: Wambali laid to rest

Minister of Tourism, Michael Usi, on Sunday led mourners to pay tribute to  Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire,  one of  the country’s greatest musicians, who has died in the early hours of Sunday January 31, 2021 of Covid-19.

Wambali was laid to rest at Area 18 cemetery in Lilongwe
Mte Wambali Mkandawire

The remains of Mte Wambali were interred  on  Sunday afternoon at the Area 18 Cemetery in Lilongwe.

In his eulogy, Usi, said  the death of Wambali who was admitted at Kamuzu Central Hospital last week after he was diagonised of the disease as he was having problems with breathing, is “a great loss to the nation.”

He said Malawi “will miss Wambali’s music as his creations were authentic through the cultural aspect he always portrayed.”

A representative of the Musicians Union of Malawi, Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango, described Wambali as a teacher to a number of artists in the country.

“He carried the Malawian flag and truly represented the country from the 1970s when he was called Greenwood to when he moved to South Africa and became a member of a grouping, Friends First, before embarking on a solo journey,” said Mhango.

His one-time local manager Peter Mazunda has posted on his Facebook page: “Go thee well Wambali. Thanks for the lessons and opportunities you created for me. I have come this far because you led me senior.”

Wambali was born on 10th July in 1952 and hailed from Mlowe village traditional authority Mwamulowe in Rumphi though he settled in Mzuzu where he had a farm.  He was also into preaching.

He is survived by a daughter Tawonga and a wife, Wambuyi who is originally from Kenya.

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NOEL
NOEL
3 months ago

Your Voice Has Been Silenced But Your Massage Remains The Same. REST IN PEACE OUR LEGEND, Its So Heart Breaking When We Start To Realize How Long We Will Miss You. How Blind Is Death. MALAWI SHALL REMEMBER YOU FOREVER AND FROM THOSE WHO KNWOS HOW TO APPRECIATE THE GOOD DEEDS, HAVE REMAIN WITH THANKS FOR YOUR LESSONS AND YOUR WORK TO MALAWI. R.P GREATE MAN WAMBALI….

Psyuta
3 months ago

Don’t say Malawi mourns, rather say tumbuka people mourn. How can we miss a man who only sung in chihinya?

Analysis
Analysis
3 months ago
Reply to  Psyuta

You are clearly ignorant of Wambali’s music. Perhaps you are very young or simply biased. Wambali produced several albums with many songs in Chichewa and English. He sung in Chichewa a lot with Sounds Pentagon. One of his most recent albums is largely in English. Tumbuka albums were produced in the middle of his music career.

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
3 months ago

MHSRIP.However his music lives until eternity and time after time those of us who love his music will have a solace in listening to this great man play.Hamba cashe mteweti.

Bibo
Bibo
3 months ago

A great Malawian son with immense talent and good heart. May your soul rest in peace Wambali!

Gee
Gee
3 months ago

One of authentic musician, may ur soul rest in eternal peace

Kaka
Kaka
3 months ago

Koma covid na apanso nde wand
ionjeza, ndipo wanyasa, ukanati umaoneka bwenzi mtakukhadzula ndithu.

Kamphonje
Kamphonje
3 months ago

May his soul rest in eternal peace…

Amanda
Amanda
3 months ago

Rest in Peace Wambali and May the Lord Almighty God receive and remember you in his kingdom. You will be greatly missed.

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