By Chisomo Phiri
Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) says it is extremely shocked with the untimely death of Malawi’s renowned local music star Atoht Manje.
Atoht Manje, real name Elias Samson Missi, died in the early hours of Sunday, soon after his performance at University of Livingstonia(UNILIA) in Rumphi.
In a letter dated October 8, 2023, MUM General SecretaryTonney Chitimatima, says the creative sector has lost a talented artist, who used music to promote and preserve the country’s culture.
Chitima says the remains of Atoht Manje will be taken to Lilongwe on Sunday before burial in Mangochi on Monday.
The Bazooka Vybz Band founder, established himself as a force in the music industry with his unique style of music and on several occasions dominated blank media levy collecting millions disbursed by Copyright Society of Malawi.
He was born in 1989, and hailed from Nansenga-Sanyira Village in the Area of Traditional Authority(T/A) Mponda in Mangochi.
He is survived by a wife and four children.
Some of his popular songs include ‘Che Patuma’, ‘Huwa’, ‘Ndalama’, ‘Munthu’, ‘Zili Bwino’, ‘Kunong’a’, ‘ Woyowoyo’, ‘Tizipepeseko’, ‘Majelasi’, ‘Unanditani’ and his latest ‘Phone Ya Bae’.