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No replacement for Malaika's Ndaba

By unknown | Jul 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Zenoyise Madikwa

Zenoyise Madikwa

Malaika's first man Bongani Nchang says the band will neither replace Jabu Ndaba nor disband.

An emotional Nchang said yesterday nobody would ever replace Ndaba, a friend since childhood, who was a charismatic performer with an amazing stage presence and a colourful personality.

"Though we will sadly miss Jabu, Malaika will carry on with myself and Tshedi.

"He had a powerful tenor voice that melded with ours beautifully. But we have, amazingly, managed to work without him while he was sick."

Nchang said he learnt that Ndaba was suffering from TB when his buddy announced the sad news to fans during their last show in Bloemfontein in 2006.

Nchang said Ndaba was troubled by the way people were gossiping about him while he was performing, so he decided to break the news.

"Though we knew that he was sick because he was losing a lot of weight, we did not know exactly what he was suffering from. We were all shocked. We though he had a serious cough or something."

Nchang plans a musical tribute to Ndaba, but said he did not look forward to performing at his memorial service.

"This is a very emotional and difficult time for the band. Jabu was my best friend.

"We used to fight a lot because we were more like brothers than colleagues.

"He never ever held grudges and had his own way of saying sorry to me.

"We have truly lost a genius and it breaks my heart."


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