Tributes pour in for gospel star Linda Gcwensa

Avante founder Linda Gcwensa died on Sunday.
Avante founder Linda Gcwensa died on Sunday.
Image: Zakwe Twitter

The gospel fraternity is in mourning after the death of music group Avante founder Linda Gcwensa on Sunday.

According to SABC News, the star was in and out of hospital for several years with kidney problems and was again admitted to hospital last week.

“He was sick. As I think you know he’s been sick for years. He has been in and out of the hospital and he was getting better, you know. He had a problem with his kidneys. He died in hospital in the early hours of this (Sunday) morning about 1.30am,” the group's manager, Sindisiwe Cele, said.

He is expected to be buried at his family farm in Mzembe, close to Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal. A memorial service will be held at the Ethekwini Community Church on Thursday.

Avante were discovered by Mbongeni Ngema in the 1990s and ruled the airwaves with their hits, including Qina.

News of Linda's death left fans saddened and led to tributes from musicians, friends and government officials.

MEC for arts and culture in KZN Hlengiwe Mavimbela paid tribute to the star and called Linda's death a tragic loss for the gospel fraternity.

“Avante was one of the popular gospel groups hailing from KwaMashu which won several awards. At the height of the group's offering, their music revived faith and filled both young and old with hope. Gcwensa will be remembered for being at the helm of this gospel legacy,” she said in a statement on Monday.

Meanwhile, actor Zola Hashatsi and musician Zakwe took to social media to pay their respects to the musician.

It's Gospel Time boss Thokozani Nkosi wrote: “Sad to have learned of the passing of brother Linda Gcwensa. Fare thee well maestro, you wrote amazing songs; you were a gifted psalmist and your music will live on. Condolences to the Gcwensas and the Avante family.”

RIP Linda Gcwensa from Avante. #YekiJerusalema, umuzi okhonyayo..

Posted by Crown Gospel Music Awards on Sunday, December 29, 2019

Rest in peace brother ,uyibekile induku ebandla ???

Posted by AVANTE GOSPEL GROUP on Sunday, December 29, 2019

We mzalwane Qina! #RIPLindaGcwensa Avante.

Posted by Zanele Mazet-zet Mbokazi on Sunday, December 29, 2019

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