Musician ‘Amjiba’ Kalima dead: Ex-Alleluya Band percussionist

News has been announced of the death of long-time Balaka-based percussionist and vocalist Mathias ‘Amjiba’ Kalima.

Amjiba Kalima no more

According to family sources, Kalima, who was in his early fifties, died in the wee hours of Wednesday at Balaka District Hospital after a long battle with tuberculosis.

In music circles, Kalima will be remembered as one of the pioneers of the Alleluya Banda, who throughout his career, played drums and later became one of the main vocalists.

He performed alongside with band members Lucius and Paul Banda, Paul Chaphuka, Charles Sinetre, Noel Makadali, Henry Makoloni and Samson Chikoti, among others.

His wife, Cecilia, is a gospel musician whose career began at Montfort Media Choir. She currently sings alongside Monica Marco.

Until his death, Kalima worked as an ambulance driver at Comfort Clinics of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust.

Survived by a wife and four children, he will be buried Thursday at his home village, Beseleni, close to Andiamo Campus.

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Chris Njeula

Rest well Amjiba, until we meet in the other side of the valley. We enjoyed your company, Balaka will miss you. We pray for the bereaved family to find solace in the faith you believed in. Taona zosabwitsa, taona zodabwitsa ifeeee…..the angels will enjoy yonder.


I shall always remember you Amjiba Kalima with your lead vocals in ‘Imfa ya Chisoni’ and ‘Ndaona Zodabwitsa’ songs.
May Your Soul Rest in Eternal Peace ‘Mathias Kalima’


I remember him for his great song Tiyanjane


Rest in piece

Mike Mbwelera

May his soul rest in eternal pc
I knew him when I was learning music in Balaka

Angel Bandawe

RIP Mathias Kalima. Till we meet in God’s glory

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