Renowned gospel artist George Mkandawire was described as strong-willed, a people’s person and full of life as he was laid to rest at HHI Cemetery in Blantyre on Monday.
Earlier his friends, family, fellow gospel artists and politicians had gathered at the Robins Park to pay their last respect.
Mkandawire died in Zambia from high blood pressure after he collapsed in a bathroom before taking shower.
Gospel artists in attendance included the veteran Lucius Banda, Anjiru Fumulani, Wendy Harawa.
Renowned praise singer Ethel Kamwendo Banda delivered a tribute to Mkandawire.
Mourners and fans sang along and danced when some of the gospel artists performed on stage at the funeral – which also doubled-up as a free concert.
The Ndirande Anglican Voice composed a song specially dedicated to the gospel artist.
Mkandawire, 46, was described as one of the best artists in his genre who had dreams of uplifting his family and community at large and would give with an open heart without wanting anything in return.
Lucius Banda, veteran artists said Mkandawire had taught the musicians love and would be remembered for his passion to succeed.
“He was never afraid to apologize when he wronged you. It is difficult to let it go.”
Minister of Tourism, Michael Usi, who also represented the State President, said it was emotional and unbelievable that Mkandawire was gone.
“George chose to be happy. He never compromised his dream and he knew what he wanted in life.
He was not boring and was sharing. We will remember him by his sense of humor,” Usi told the mourners.
Usi, described him as a shy person but very energetic when performing on stage. He said Mkandawire had touched various people in different ways.-( (By Archangel Tembo)