Towards the month-end of December 2010,Lovemore Mwanyama was the one that the media quoted when Skeffa Chimoto, thecurrent top selling musician escaped death in a road accident.
Mwanyama is the one who explained to themedia that Skeffa and his band Real Sounds were en-route to Lilongwe fromSalima when the vehicle they were travelling in had a tyre burst.
Lovemore Mwanyama, was speaking asSkeffa’s Manager then.
Now, this year, towards the end ofSeptember, Skeffa took up the task of informing the media that unlike him,Mwanyama never survived a road accident and died at the Kamuzu CentralHospital.
My interest is not in the comparing thetwo accidents and the exchange of positions for the two, but to mourn with themusic industry on a huge loss suffered on the decease of Mwanyama.
I used to think Lovemore Mwanyama is atfirst Mlaka Maliro’s hangers-on and when I started seeing him closer to whereSkeffa was when performing live; I thought the habit to get attracted by famousmusicians was in his blood.
Little did I realise that in fact he wasthe King Maker.
McDonald Mlaka Maliro is Malawi’s musicianwhom President Bingu wa Mutharika declared is his best local artist.
To reach that kind of musical zenith is noteasy. It never only depends on one’s chance but it also needs to a boost fromone’s natural talent.
At one time in the country, Mlaka usedto be a ladies’ musician where every other lady in the country would tell youthey fall for Mlaka Maliro’s music.
At one time Mlaka Maliro, Billy Kaundaand of course their Godfather Lucius Banda used to be the musicians of specialmention in the country.
He is perhaps the only musician who cansell in Japan after making a name when there when he collaborated with aJapanese Kohei Yamada, who served as a member of the Japan Overseas CooperationVolunteers (JOCV) in Malawi.
They co-authored and recorded a songthat became a number-one hit “Ndimakukonda,” in order to raise awarenessof HIV/AIDS prevention.
I am telling you all this about Mlaka,not because I have digressed, but I want to show you how great Mlaka was andstill is and how he could afford all this success because Lovemore Mwanyama washis manager.
Then let’s talk about Skeffa Chimoto.These pages have written so much about him as a person and his successful musicalexploits. In fact his top record as a musician is there for all to see.
He is indisputably the country’s currenttop selling musician with his ‘Ndife Amodzi’ latest album.
Lovemore Mwanyama assisted Mlaka to gainautonomy when he helped him assemble Maloto Vibration, likewise Skeffa Chimoto’sReal Sounds Band, it was Mwanyama who helped him build it.
Then there is a horde of musicians that Mwanyamaassisted through counselling and recording them at his Eclipse Studio.
The hullabaloo that is Lake of Starswhere musicians showcase talent is where musicians worth their salt in thecountry feel honoured once invited to perform.
Skeffa was this year invited to performat the event but pulled out at the eleventh hour to pay respect to the fallenLovemore Mwanyama.
Chimoto never concealed his grief and loss on the death of Mwanyamasaying for him to be in the limelight today, it is because of Mwanyama.
Mwanyama spotted potential in Skeffa and helped him nurture his talentuntil it reached where all of us now heard and saw that there is one SkeffaChimoto in the music industry.
On September 28, 2011 Lovemore Mwanyama, was interred at his homeKalanzi village at Mlangeni in Traditional Authority Njolomole in Ntcheu, atthe age of 40 when his life was just starting.
In fact, his life was supposed to start on 25 October this monthbecause this is the date he was born way back in 1971.
I hope musicians like Mlaka Maliro and Skeffa Chimoto who willrealise how painful the stab, death has inflicted on the music industry ingeneral and on them in particular, will mourn with measured grief.
More so, because deaths of people like Mwanyama need to becelebrated and not mourned.
At least if all others would honour his life, I expect MlakaMaliro and Skeffa Chimoto to compose and record song or songs on LovemoreMwanyama that should help to celebrate his decorated life.