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DIED ON MAY 23 — Martse

The family of fallen rapper Martse, real name Martin Nkhata, said Monday they will go into fasting and prayer for God to intervene and reveal all the secrets as they await investigations by the Malawi Police Service.

Martse, famed for songs such as ‘Mwano’, died last month at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. He was laid to rest at Area 18 Cemetery in Lilongwe.

The artist succumbed to burn wounds after a house he slept in caught fire in Mangochi District.

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“It has been hard for us but, in everything, we thank God. People have been asking us what really happened but as a family, we are not ready to do that now. So, for now we will go into fasting from Wednesday and we are inviting people to be with us,” brother to the fallen artist, Jerome, said.

He said fasting will run from Wednesday to Friday and that they will be breaking from five to six.

“After finishing fasting on Friday, we will then go into night of prayer to Saturday morning. We want God to intervene. We are a family that is prayerful and we remain united during this trying time for us,” Jerome said.

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During the funeral service at Civo Stadium in Blantyre, which attracted a huge audience, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Michael Usi called for an inquiry from the Malawi Police Service as to what caused the fire accident.

The sentiments were corroborated by Minister of Youth and Sports Richard Chimwendo Banda.

President Lazarus Chakwera visited the Nkhata family to condole them on the loss of the rapper, who fellow artists described as talented.

Artists continue to mourn Martse in their performances.

During Piksy’s Mtunda album launch at Comesa Hall in Blantyre on Friday, the artist opened his set with a dedication to Martse and it came after musician Eli Njuchi had also dedicated a song to Martse. There were also dedications for Martse from Sangie and Kell Kay.

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