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‘Ndikayima pa Phiri la Mulanje’ star dies

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Veteran musician Dymon Kuzala, who was known as the ‘Giant of Mulanje’, is dead.

For the young generation, Kuzala’s name might not sound familiar but for those who follow music in the country, he is the name behind songs such as ‘Ndikayima Pa Phiri La Mulanje’ and ‘Nanchunjule’.

The last time The Daily Times covered the story of Kuzala was during the burial ceremony of T-man where he also performed.

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Kuzala died in the early hours of Tuesday at Mulanje Mission Hospital due to high blood pressure.

Promoter Chiyembekezo Chidziwe, who worked with him for some time, confirmed Kuzala’s death Tuesday.

“Yes it’s true the ‘Giant of Mulanje’ is dead. He died at around 5 o’clock this [Tuesday]. He was a great artist and his death is a big blow to the music industry,” Chidziwe said.

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He said Kuzala came from Phalombe but moved to Mulanje where he spent much of his time.

According to Chidziwe, Kuzala will be laid to rest today at Gulumba Village, Traditional Authority Chikumbu in Mulanje.

Chidziwe said Kuzala was born in 1944.

His death comes barely a week after the country also lost another veteran artist Bernard Kwilimbe.

Kuzala is survived by a wife and six children as well as 16 grand-children.

“He was a special needs teacher by profession. But he also concentrated more on music and taught great musicians such as the late Allan Namoko and Michael Yekha,” he said.

He said he did a lot in Mulanje, including teaching music to the youth.

“Many artists in Mulanje have drunk from his well and he was still teaching more youths, so it’s a blow. He was nicknamed the ‘Giant of Mulanje’ because of his music exploits,” Chidziwe said.

He said Kuzala also had stints in Chikwawa and Nsanje where he also taught music.

He used to perform with another veteran musician Luciano Mulimwa, famed for the song ‘Abambo Ake Boyi’.

“People used to love his music because it was purely local,” he said.

Chidziwe also managed to train a group known as Ngwezu, which was famous around the Lujeri area.

“Actually, as a promoter, I thought it wise to work with him because he was very talented. There is an album he recorded alongside Luciano Mulimwa but it did not go on the market due to funding problems,” Chidziwe said.

Kuzala also used to play different instruments, the favourite one being the accordion.

“The accordion is not a popular instrument these days but if you go outside the country you will see it is still on top. So, his idea mostly was to teach young ones how to play this instrument,” he said.

Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) President, Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango, said Tuesday Kuzala’s death is a blow to the creative industry.

“We are still mourning Bernard Kwilimbe and to lose another veteran is sad. These are veteran artists whose music inspired a lot of musicians. Their music was mature and had quality. And our idea as Mum was to utilise these legends in our trainings,” Mhango said.

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