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By unknown | 2008-02-20 00:00:00.0

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Afro-pop singer Preston Sihlangu believes that the death of kwaito star Zombo, also known as Tebogo Ndlovu, is an eye-opener for many artists.

Sihlangu, who is famously known as Press, poured his heart out about his late friend and colleague, who died on Sunday of an Aids-related illness.

"Many people assume they will not get HIV-Aids when they have sex without using a condom because they are celebrities. Aids is killing everybody - poor people, celebrities and the rich. People need to commit themselves to one partner," Sihlangu said.

"He was a versatile singer. Zombo was a producer, songwriter and singer. He could start a song from scratch and produce it himself. That skill is very rare."

Zombo, the former Abashante star, is behind many artists' success. His colleagues are reeling, saying the music industry has been robbed of a rare talent.

Herald "Speedy" Matlhaku said: "I met Zombo in 1998. When I joined 999 Stable in 2001, I worked with him and I realised he had enormous talent. Zombo wrote one of my biggest songs called Amasiko.

"That song really launched me as a solo artist. Zombo was a hard working person destined for bigger things."

Queen Sesoko, former member of Abashante, said Zombo was the core of the group. "He was creative and open-minded. He was helpful. I used to get frustrated when we recorded but he would be there helping me. To me he was like a brother."