South Africans didn’t see it coming, so they were understandably shocked when news broke that Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo was afflicted with stroke. It even took a grimmer dimension when he was pronounced dead soon after.
He was just 40.
By that age though, he had accomplished a lot as a person and as a musician. So it is understandable again that the Rainbow Nation should stand up and celebrate him during his recent memorial service, which you can watch at the end of this post.
Mampinysha’s widow, Babes Wodumo, as well as his associates, was on the ground during the memorial service in his honour. It was like reliving his life – or notable aspects of it – as several of his associates spoke about him and what they knew about him.
According to a family member, Zandile Maphumulo, the memorial for the lake West Ink boss had two sessions. The first is the religious one, accompanied by prayers and a sombre liturgy. The second is the entertainment session during which artists and other entertainers will be permitted to entertain the audience in Mampintsh’s memory.
Mampintsha died on Saturday, December 24, following a mild stroke. Thus marked the end of an era. Only, Mzansi might not forget too soon, which is a good thing.