Thousands of Malawians on Wednesday gathered at PIM in Chiradzulu district to pay their last respects to the man of many talents Fredrick Muphuwa.
A well known musician, producer, playwright and actor, Muphuwa died on Tuesday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre after suffering from pneumonia for a while.
He was until his death working for Centre for Development Communications (CDC) in Blantyre. Muphuwa was co-founder of the institution.
“Fred had a rare combination of skills. It was not only dram and communication in him, he had a lot of talents including music,” said a visibly sad Fred Yiwombe, his CDC co-founder.
Yiwombe told Nyasa Times in an interview: “I don’t know if we will ever find someone of his talent, he is a big loss to both CDC and the country.”
Muphuwa played a crucial part in the development of art in the country.
Before founding CDC, the Chancellor College graduate, was instrumental in founding the Story Workshop. He also pioneered the establishment of the Girls Attainment in Basic Literacy and Education (GABLE) Programme.
Muphuwa was also part and parcel of the acoustic group of Edgar ndi Davis as producer, backing vocalist and dancer.
Until his demise, Muphuwa was producing radio plays and jingles for institutions like Pakachere, PSI Malawi and Action-Aid.
Some of the plays he was producing include ‘Zimachitika’, ‘Ndi Mbali Yanga’ and ‘One Love’.
The actors and actresses he was working with took their time to have a skit of the ‘Ndi Mbali Yanga’ at the cemetery.
The funeral ceremony was attended by, among others, the country’s renowned actors and actresses, musicians, journalists and politicians.