Ma/gaisa king Phura no more
25 Apr 2019 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 25 APR (NAMPA) - Ma/gaisa artist Timothy Phura Duwe died in the Swakopmund State Hospital on Thursday.
Close friend and fellow musician Stella !Naruses told Nampa Phura died around 07h00 on Thursday after a long illness.
He was admitted to the Swakopmund State Hospital on 18 December, she said.
Phura was born on 03 February 1980. He was raised by his grandparents in Khorixas, where he also completed primary and secondary school.
He moved to Swakopmund in 2002 and in 2003 he released his first studio album with Welwitschia Record Label. In that same year, he won the popular NBC music show Fame Factory, !Naruses said.
Phura produced six studio albums and has won several awards over the years.
He is survived by his seven children, both parents and four brothers.
Local musicians who have shared a stage or worked with Phura described him as the pioneer of Ma/gaisa.
Rapper Jericho said he will be remembered as a fun and kind person who changed the Namibian music scene with his music and stage presence.
Singer TopCheri noted that she grew up listening and dancing to Phura's music.
His death is a great loss to Namibia, she said.
Mr Makoya expressed sadness over the loss of the Ma/gaisa king, saying it will be difficult to fill his shoes.
He contributed immensely to the growth of Namibian music and has inspired a lot of people, he said.