The country has been dealt a big blow following the death of renowned DJ Kenny Klips, real name Kenny Wako.
Wako, who was until his death working for Times Group, died on Thursday morning at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.
The talented broadcaster and artist will be laid to rest today at Chimpukutso Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chanthunya in Balaka District.
His death comes barely a week after the country lost veteran actor and playwright Frank Patani Mwase.
A somber mood engulfed Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital Mortuary in Blantyre Thursday as the remains of Wako were being taken to Balaka District for burial today.
Relatives, friends, workmates and fellow artists were there to be farewell to the talented Kenny Klips who always strived for perfection and the best in his work.
Times Group Editor-In Chief George Kasakula described the death of Kenny Klips as a blow to the nation and the family of Times Group.
“We are saddened by Kenny Wako, Kenny Klips’, death. We will miss him. He was such a talented person and he was probably one of the best radio producers in the country,” Kasakula said.
He said Wako was passionate about his work and that he was behind the success of most of the radio and television programmes.
“He is the brains behind most of the programmes on Times Radio. For example, he is the one who encouraged Stephen Dakalira to start hosting reggae session and I, for one, I started the programme Zozuna za ku Africa because of him. He noticed that I loved some of the old African songs and pushed me to start this programme,” Kasakula said.
He said Wako was also good at perfecting voices for programmes to come out beautifully and that his voice was also unique.
“He is the one who was behind the voice for the award-winning programme on Times Television, Loud Whisper. So, we will miss him and we are mourning with the family as Times Group. May his soul rest in peace,” Kasakula said.
Musician Code Sangala, who worked with him at Power 101, said Kenny Klips contributed immensely to the growth of music in the country and that he was shocked with his death.
“It’s a blow for sure for the broadcasting industry and his death is coming barely two weeks after the country lost another veteran broadcaster Maria Chidzanja Nkhoma. He was a talented DJ with rare skills on the turntable. He also used to host Music Avenue, a programme that offered people the best of Malawian music,” Sangala said.
He said Kenny Klips also did a lot for the music industry, especially uplifting hip hop music.
“Hip-hop, or I should say urban music, was not that well known in the country but Kenny Klips pushed it through his programme. Apart from that, he also created Malawimusic.com with colleagues which has helped a lot in growing the country’s music,” Sangala said.
Veteran producer Tapps Bandawe also said he was shocked with Klip’s death.
“When I was in the United Kingdom, he helped a lot in promoting my music and when I came down he also assisted me a lot in terms of pushing my music. He is one of the pioneers of hip-hop music. We will miss him,” Bandawe said.
DJ Jean Chalungama, who is based in United States of America, said yesterday that Klips mentored her and that Kenny he always wanted the best for him.
“I am shocked really. I did well in radio because he was one of the people who mentored me,” Chalungama said.
Another veteran broadcaster Patrick Kamkwatira said he was at a loss with the death of Wako describing him as one of the rare talents as far as dee-jaying was concerned.
Klips worked with a number of musicians and is also the brains behind Malawimusic.com which gave a platform to, musicians in the country to among other things, sell their music online.
As a DJ, he also represented the country in a number of platforms including Big Brother Africa.
Klips won a number of DJ awards and also performed in some of the top festivals in the country including Lake of Stars.
Last year he was decorated with the Lifetime Achiever by Malawi Hip Hop Awards spearheaded by gospel musician Gwamba.
He was born on August 4 1976.