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AWARD-WINNING maskandi singer and producer Bhekumuzi Luthuli, who died on Wednesday, has been described as a phenomenon.
Born in 1961 at eNsungwini, KwaMaphumulo, near Stanger, Luthuli died in the McCord Hospital in Durban after collapsing at his home two weeks ago.
In his career, which spanned more than 30 years, Luthuli released 23 albums. His latest offering, Imali Yabelungu, has already gone gold.
His unique skill at telling a story using music earned him his name in the industry. That rare talent shone through in albums such as Khokha, Impempe, 1818 and InkingaNgu R7.
Luthuli's producer and friend, David Moloele of Studio 12, said he was a perfectionist.
"We worked together since 1991. Luthuli was a good listener and very humble person. He was the best composer I ever worked with. I believe there is no maskandi singer who can match his exceptional composing skills," he said.
"He was a professional and was able to grow as a singer because he was open to suggestions."
Xolani Mkhize, a band member, said: "He was like a father to us. I met him in 2004 and he changed my life. He was very honest and we all drank deeply from his fountain of wisdom.
"What people do not know is that he was also a comedian who will be remembered by many for his jokes."
Luthuli's passion for music showed at a young age, when he started playing a tin guitar.
His professional career started in the 1980s when he joined a mbaqanga band called Oshimi, based in Durban. He recorded two albums with the group before beginning his solo career.
It was during this time that he met top producer Tom Mkhize, who worked on most of his albums.
His solo career took off in a big way with his hit album Wongikhonzela Entliziyweni, which made his name. He has also released timeless recordings such as Impatha, 1818, Igazi Lam, Khokha, Phaphiyos, Umaliyavuza, Impempe and Iphupho.
Luthuli also produced groups such as Abafana Baka Molo and Bhoja-Bhoja.
He will be buried on Sunday at his home in KwaMaphumulo.
His memorial service will be held at the Bassline in Newtown at noon.