We Heard WHAT!? (pt. 1)

2008-07-17 16:45

TB claims Malaika singer
Jabulani Ndaba, aka Javas, of the award-winning Afro-pop group Malaika, has died. Ndaba had been battling TB since 2006. “We are devastated; we have lost a soldier, a colleague, a brother and business partner,” said Ndaba’s bandmate, Tshedi Mholo. “It is unbelievable; you can never be prepared for this kind of news.” Born in Klerksdorp in 1976, Ndaba was also a musician and producer behind a number of Malaika’s hits. His health problems made headlines two years ago, as the singer’s frequent absences and the death of his girlfriend lead to rumours that he was HIV-positive. Malaika released their debut, self-titled album in 2003, and the single “Destiny” became something of a national anthem in 2004. Nbada is survived by his mother Lindiwe Ndaba, sister Busi Ndaba and his 14-year-old son Keke. This death marks yet another sad loss for the SA music industry, following the recent departures of Lebo Mathosa, Lucky Dube, Prince Kupi and TK, amongst many others. Just why is South Africa seeing so much of her talent suffer a premature demise?

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