The creative industry has been dealt a heavy blow following the death of Lilongwe-based reggae group Soul Raiders’ vocalist Lindiwe Nkhambule, who was popularly known as Sister Ayanda.
One of the lead vocalists for Soul Raiders, Prince Martin, said Tuesday that they were shocked by Sister Ayanda’s death.
“I will remember her as an enthusiastic and energetic performer, who really loved Soul Raiders music. Studio sessions during Ubuntu album recording were lit up due to her sweet harmonies. In summary, she decorated and actualized the band’s music. We are saddened by her sudden death,” Prince Martin said.
The band in its communication to its fans, said they woke up to the sad news of Sister Ayanda’s passing in Blantyre yesterday morning.
“She was one of our four main lead vocalists, and the only lady to grace our frontline. She featured on the Ubuntu album by Prince Martin and The Soul Raiders, recorded by JJ in 2016,” reads the statement from the band.
The statement further says that Sister Ayanda has been part of the band’s most performances and that being the only lady among men, she dished out her own set of reggae vibes.
“Blantyre fans will remember her massive performance at Premier Lodge in Chileka; and her last performance with the band was at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall. She was a bank executive, an easy goer but also the sister that the band needed. We are in deep pain and all we can do is to celebrate her life with music,” the band said.
Another member of the group Joel Suzi, said he was shocked by Sister Ayanda’s death.
Sister Ayanda will be led to rest on Saturday at Luwelezi in Mzimba District.
She was born on March 25 1986.