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Gospel star Tyamara in tiffover 'imitation' of his voice

By unknown | Mar 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Gospel sensation Lundi Tyamara is embroiled in a squabble with fellow gospel singer Khulekani Chili.

Chili, a newcomer to the music scene, said Tyamara, who has had his fair share of controversy since 1998 when he released his debut album Mphefumlo Wam, is threatening him.

He said Tyamara has accused him of copying his voice.

Chili saids Tyamara has sent him a picture of himself with a threating note written on it.

Chili said that in the note Tyamara calls him a "Fong Kong".

Sowetan has a picture of Tyamara carrying a placard on which is written: "Hey you Fong Kong. Do you know I have been in the industry for years? You come to destroy me. Why undilingisa wena? (Why are you imitating me). Uyazi why ungadlali ku Gospel Gold ( Do you know why they do not play your video on Gospel Gold?). It's because you are fake.

"Ndiyathandwa mna ngabantu, Soze ukhone ndiyatsho, yeka Mzulu (I am loved by fans, you will not win. I am telling you. Desist from copying me you Zulu man).

"I know Lundi and Rebecca are both my sources of inspiration. But If you listen, my voice is different," Chili told Sowetan.

Tyamara's manager Tshepo Nzimande said yesterday: "I know Lundi will never do such a thing.

"Anybody can take Lundi's picture and write a note on it just to destroy his name.

"It is somebody who is trying to use Lundi."

The note is written in isiXhosa, which Tyamara speaks perfectly.

Chili, who released his first gospel album last year titled Ingane Yomfana, said he now fears for his life.

He plans to lay a complaint because he feels he is not safe.

"A lot of things might happen in my life. I don't know how this person got my address. He can come any time and attack me if he wants."


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