The multi-talented artiste, aged 47, died at home surrounded by his family members, whom the producer invited for a Christmas Day meal. He succumbed to pancreatic cancer.
Joining South Africans in celebrating Malinga’s life, Zuma said: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of such a talented artiste. This is indeed a huge loss for South Africa and the music industry as a whole. We are with his family in thought and prayer during this trying period. May his soul rest in peace”.
The Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) also extended condolences to the artiste’s family, especially his wife Ann and their two children, and his collaborators and colleagues in the music business.
“To say Robbie Malinga’s death is a loss is an understatement. His talent was one of the best this country has ever produced. A lot of musicians owe their successes to his magic touch as a producer, composer, arranger and vocalist. He was one of the most sought-after hit makers in this country.
“His death is a definite end of an era and a sound we will not forget soon. What a devastating loss. We can never tell the South African music story without giving him a prominent mention,” RiSA CEO Nhlanhla
Some of Malenga’s more recent hits include duets with musicians Naima Kay with the songs “Sokwenzenjani” and “Sweetie Lavo”, Kelly Khumalo with “Sobabili” and “Baby Please”, Musa Sukwene with “Mthande” and Karabo Mogane with the song “Sondela,” a huge hit in the Southern African region.
Malenga’s family has yet to announce the programme for his funeral.