Lundi Tyamara Biography
Lundi Tyamara was born in 1979 in South Africa. He is a South African gospel musician who is best known for his hit song ‘Mphefumlo Wam’. Tyamara is survived by two sisters and a brother; his mother died in 2006, followed by his stepfather shortly thereafter.
Lundi Tyamara Career
Tyamara had a long music career, starting out as a back-up singer for fellow gospel singer Rebecca Malope when he was still a teenager.
He released his debut album Mphefumlo Wami in 1998. It was an instant success, selling almost 400,000 copies. Over the course of his career Tyamara released more than 20 albums and won numerous South African Music and Kora All Africa Music awards.
Despite some controversy during his career, including drug and money problems, returning to music and his faith always gave him his greatest pleasure.
Tyamara was aware of the second chance he had at rebuilding his music career over the last few years. In an interview with Entertainment Online website in 2016, he said: “I’m lucky. It’s not easy after all the bad things I have done like the drugs and the alcohol. But my fans still love me. That shows that God has sent me to do this.”
Lundi Tyamara Awards
- 2003: Best Gospel artist at the Kora Awards.
- 2008: Best African Traditional Gospel during the South African Music Award.
Lundi Tyamara Age
He was born in 1979 and died at the age of 38 at Edenvale Hospital in the early hours of 27 January 2017, following a battle with TB.
Lundi Tyamara’s Wife – Lundi Tyamara Married
A popular weekly mazagine, DRUM reported that he was in a relationship with a married man, a paramedic known as Bonginkosi Mpembe. Rumors had it that he fathered a baby boy with Ayanda Nxumalo Twala, whom he allegedly dated at some point.
Lundi Tyamara’s Family
He was a father to two children son Sibonello and daughter Bella.
Lundi Tyamara Drug Addiction
Lundi Tyamara was once labelled as a drug addict and a broke alcoholic. In 2015 during the programme Rolling With Lundi on e.tv, the singer talked about how his mother kept praying for him to get off the bottle before she died. He, however, affirmed that he had stopped drinking – even though he did not give a specific period either in days, weeks, months or even years. But he said: “I’ve not touched any form of drugs for the past 15 years and I don’t even remember when last I touched alcohol. It’s a long time ago. Finally, I did it. I must thank a number of my friends who love me, people who didn’t desert me during my struggle with drugs and alcohol. “The one person I am grateful to is mama Daphne Nkosi who is a fellow church member. She has been with me through thick and thin and has encouraged me to look up to God when in trouble.”
Lundi Tyamara Death
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In December 2016 after he performed at the Jozi FM Annual Gospel Music Festival, he was first admitted to Edenvale Hospital and later at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. He was diagnosed as having abdominal tuberculosis (TB) and a liver condition the same year. On 23rd January 2017 he was moved to ICU and put on life support but died on 27th January 2017. He died at the age of 38 at Edenvale Hospital in the early hours of 27 January 2017, following a battle with TB.
Lundi Tyamara’s former producer, Tshepo Nzimande, described the singer in an interview with eNCA news channel as a “go-getter”. Nzimande said that Tyamara had a God-given talent, with a powerful stage presence that found audiences with both young and old. Despite some controversy during his career, including drug and money problems, returning to music and his faith always gave him his greatest pleasure. Anele Hlazo, a family friend said, “Lundi put up a gallant fight against his illness, but God’s will prevailed. We ask that his fans, supporters and followers join us in celebrating his life.” Among the many messages, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa extended his condolences to Tyamara’s family and fans.
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Lundi Tyamara Albums
- Backyard Scars – EP (2012)
- Lundi (2010)
- Uhambo’ Lwami (My Journey) (2010)
- Inkos’ Iyayazi (2009)
- Inkos’ Iyayazi (2009)
- Impilo (2007)
- Umthandazo (2006)
- Ngiyabonga (2004)
- Lundi (2002)
- Lundi (2001)
- Phaphamani (2001)
- Ubuhlungu (2000)
- Mvuleleni Angene (1999)
- Mphefumlo Wami (1998)
Lundi Tyamara Songs
- Mphefumulo Wami
- Nginga hlanzwa
- Mama wami
- Bawo Wethu
- Hlala nami
- Mina Ngithemb’uJesu
- Mvuleleni angene
- Nkosi sihlangene
- Bulelani ku Jehova
- Tumelo ke thebe
- Nginike amehlo
- Uma ngiguqa
- Thembela kuye
- Uthando lukababa
- Ndim Lo Nkosi
- Bohlala Bejabula
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Lundi Tyamara News
Lundi Tyamara: South African gospel star dies aged 38
Updated on: 27 January 2017.
South African gospel star Lundi Tyamara, has died after a battle with stomach TB and a liver condition. His family confirmed that he died on Friday morning in Edenvale hospital in Johannesburg. The 38-year-old singer, loved for his energetic stage performances, had hits with Mphefumlo Wami and Ndixolele. President Jacob Zuma led the tributes to the star, saying Tyamara was “one of the best gospel artists that the country has ever produced”.
The BBC’s Milton Nkosi in Johannesburg said the award-winning star brought gospel to a younger generation through his unique style and drew thousands of people closer to the music genre.
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His manager Tshepo Nzimande explained what made Mr Tyamara so popular: “He had energy on stage and he was very powerful.”
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said there was “a deep sense of grief for losing such a young life. He is a success story that South African youth have a significant contribution to make in our society.”
Popular evangelist pastor Paseka “Mboro” Motsoeneng who had visited the musician in hospital also described to local newspaper how shocked he was when he heard the news.
“It was a massive shock to me. I could not believe it at first but I was grateful that I could pray for him and bring him closer to the Lord.”
The singer had been receiving treatment since being diagnosed in December. A family statement, released on Friday, said that Lundi has passed away peacefully just after midnight. Tyamara is the third young artist to die within the last six months, after the deaths of another gospel star Sifiso Ncwane and musician Mduduzi “Mandoza” Tshabalala, both also aged 38.
Adopted from: www.bbc.com