“His death is a definite end of an era and a sound we will not forget soon, what a devastating loss. We can never tell the South African music story without giving him a prominent mention.”
Known as “The Hitmaker” for producing many of the country’s hit songs and moulding the careers of many artists, the 49-year-old was hailed as the pillar of SA’s music industry whose loss would be felt greatly.
During his more than two-decades career, Malinga had mentored and produced many or the country’s top artists, including Zahara, Kelly Khumalo, Naima Kay, Musa Sukwene, Karabo of IdolsSA fame, the late Kwaito artist Brown Dash, Brickz Mabrigado, and even the king and godfather of Kwaito music, Arthur Mafokate and Mdu Masilela.
Sibusiso “Dj Sbu” Leope, who worked with Malinga at TS Records, described him as one of the best music producers Africa had seen.
Fellow musician Kabelo Mabalane said Malinga was not only a famous producer, but also a God-fearing man as they had met more in church than in a recording studio.
Malinga’s funeral service was held at Rhema Bible Church from 8am today. He is survived by his wife Ann, son Robbie Junior, daughter Zanokuhle, his parents, one sister and two brothers.