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Minister Gospel Kazako pens tribute poem for Wambali Mkandawire

SUCCUMBED TO COVID—Wambali

Minister of Information Gospel Kazako Sunday stitched a poem as tribute to legendary musician Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire, who died Sunday morning at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Blantyre after a battle with Covid.

Wambali was laid to rest Sunday at Area 18 Cemetery in Lilongwe.

Kazako, a renowned poet, has not written a poem for a long time but he sprang out with an emotional verse Sunday showing that Wambali will be missed and that a dark cloud had fallen on the world.

His poem begins with Wambali’s track which calls upon people not to be afraid of darkness, for God cares and that we will overcome.

“Pitani bwino Mtebeti, Kauseni Mtebeti (go thee well Wambali, you fought a good fight),” Kazako recites.

He said we are in a fight because of what has befallen us with the pandemic, which continues to claim lots of lives globally.

“It is a tough battle and within the battle we have lost people. But we have hope in that many are recovering,” Kazako said of the pandemic.

He said Wambali was more like his elder brother and that he always drunk from his well of wisdom.

“He was my mentor and was giving advice relentlessly. Through his music he touched a lot of souls. We have lost but his music will live on,” Kazako said.

The minister described Wambali as a poet as perceived in his music.

“He was poetic and selected words carefully. I did this tribute as respect to him but also tell Malawians that we will overcome this war,” Kazako said.

He also said that Wambali was a great talent, hence theatre maestro Du Chisiza Jr used most of his songs in his productions.

Kazako, however, said Wambali was not celebrated fully by the country and that the nation needs to do better.

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