Robbie Malinga has been laid to rest after family members, friends and fans gathered at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg to bid farewell to the music veteran.
Malinga, who was also known as Insimbi died at the age of 49 on Christmas day after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June last year. During his farewell service musicians who he had shaped their careers rendered musical tributes. Kelly Khumalo and Musa Sukwene among others paid tributes at the service.
His wife of 16 years, Ann Malinga wrote a touching letter which was read during the service that highlighted the loving husband and father Malinga was.
“I wish I could touch you one last time without bringing back the pain. I tried everything possible to save your precious life but God had a bigger plan. With tearful eyes I watched you slowly fade away. My life will never be the same, I have lost a soulmate but heaven gained an angel,” reads the letter.
Malinga’s son, Robbie Jnr also paid tribute to his dad, “He built a foundation and I have to build on top of that. I’m Robbie Malinga the second and I also want to be the best.”
In his more than 20-years career, Malinga has collected top music awards including Best Producer with his own projects as well as recordings he either composed, arranged, produced or sang in – in some cases he would do all four as a mark of his versatility and talent.
Robbie who is from Meadowlands, Soweto started his career in the 90s playing keyboards for bubblegum musician Freddie Gwala of Amadamara fame and the group Platform 1. He was one of kwaito pioneers with his group Vardos from the East Rand. His solo outing “Insimbi” placed him in the top league of the genre. He teamed up with Doc Shebeleza to start RoboDoc in 1999 producing monster hits like “Ebumnandini” and “Skumfete”.
As a producer he contributed in shaping careers of artists like Zahara, Brickz, Brown Dash, Kabelo Mabalane, Arthur Mafokate, Ntando, Nhlanhla Nciza, Izinyoka, Mzekezeke and Sbu of Amalawyer fame. He also helped discover Malaika.
Some of his more recent hits include duets with musicians Naima Kay (Sokwenzenjani and Sweetie Lavo), Kelly Khumalo (Sobabili and Baby Please), Musa Sukwene (Mthande) and Karabo Mogane (Sondela).
Malinga leaves behind his wife, Ann and his two sons Robbie Jnr and Zamokuhle. He was laid to rest on the 2nd of January 2018 at the Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg.
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) January 2, 2018
Death takes the body. God takes the soul. Our mind holds the memories. Our heart keeps the love. Our faith let’s us know we will meet again. You were a legend, a great mentor and an inspiration to many. You shaped lives of many ppl
Rest In Peace. #RIPRobbieMalinga #RobbieMalinga
— Collen Mashawana (@collenmashawana) January 2, 2018
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