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Tributes to 'smiling' kupi

By unknown | Jun 12, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Zenoyise Madikwa

Tributes have been pouring in after the death of jazz guitarist Prince Kupi, who died in an accident on Heidelberg Road in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Jazz musicians across South Africa showered Kupi with accolades. This included Selaelo Selota, who called him "one of South Africa's greatest talents".

"There is so much we have not heard from him," Selota said. "In his career he released only one album and he had so much more that he had not unleashed.

"I've known him for 18 years, since we were young. He always flashed a smile. The last smile I saw on his face was when he performed at Birchwood on Friday.

"His death is a wake-up call for everyone. People should support artists while they are still alive."

Friend and fellow musician Nokukhanya Dlamini hailed Kupi as a great talent, saying his musicality was "out of this world".

Sibongile Khumalo said Kupi was like a younger brother to her.

"I'm speechless that he is gone," Khumalo said. "He was my younger brother's best friend. I knew him at a personal level. I am one of the people who are organising his funeral - that is how close we were."

Swazi Dlamini said Kupi enjoyed his life to the fullest.

Louise Mhlanga said: "He was a wonderful person, a beautiful musician and a good father.

"He smiled in every situation."


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