Gospel singer Neyi Zimu laid to rest

The funeral service of gospel star Neyi Zimu
The funeral service of gospel star Neyi Zimu
Image: Veli Nhlapo

The House of Treasures Ministries near Alberton, south of Johannesburg, proved to be too small to handle the magnitude of fans who came out in their numbers on Wednesday morning to bid gospel sensation Neyi Zimu farewell.

Zimu, who was also a pastor by calling, lost the battle against cancer last week after he was diagnosed two years ago. 

The church was overflowing 30 minutes before the service started, which forced many to sit outside and listen to it. Local musicians, the public, and politicians who included EFF leader Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambo attended.

EFF leaders Floyd Shivambu and Julius Malema at the funeral service of Neyi Zimu
EFF leaders Floyd Shivambu and Julius Malema at the funeral service of Neyi Zimu
Image: Veli Nhlapo

Matthew Nkabinde, who was one of Zimu's friends, shared his experience and journey with him. Nkabinde said he would remember Zimu as a talented composer, prophet and musician who ministered God's word through his music.

"He was a selfless man. The week he died he was telling me that he was praying for my son who was not well when the whole country was praying for him."

Retsibilwe Ndalamo from Risa (the Recording Industry of SA) said: "Neyi was an artist of note. The industry has lost a giant whose music touched all people. He was a talented musician and composed timeless music.

"He always preached that people need to look and smell good despite everything they were going through. He might be gone but his music lives on. To his fans, I say take a leaf from his book."

Co-founder of Newzroom Afrika and founder of Tox Media, Thokozani Nkosi, said: "When we thought of someone who could represent the gospel industry well in our shows we chose him because he ministered through his music. I know pastor Neyi the collaborator, a man who never wanted to shine alone. We may have lost him but his music will keep us comforted going forward."

Musical performance during the funeral service
Musical performance during the funeral service
Image: Veli Nhlapo

"He was a selfless man. The week he died he was telling me that he was praying for my son who was not well when the whole country was praying for him."

Retsibilwe Ndalamo from Risa (the Recording Industry of SA) said: "Neyi was an artist of note. The industry has lost a giant whose music touched all people. He was a talented musician and composed timeless music.

"He always preached that people need to look and smell good despite everything they were going through. He might be gone but his music lives on. To his fans, I say take a leaf from his book."

Co-founder of Newzroom Afrika and founder of Tox Media, Thokozani Nkosi, said: "When we thought of someone who could represent the gospel industry well in our shows we chose him because he ministered through his music. I know pastor Neyi the collaborator, a man who never wanted to shine alone. We may have lost him but his music will keep us comforted going forward."


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