Gwanda songstress Shallah to be buried today

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The Chronicle

Mthabisi Tshuma, Showbiz Reporter
SENSATIONAL versatile songstress Belynder Mashalyne Nyathi who died last Thursday is set to be buried at her rural home in Gwanda’s Gungwe village.

Nyathi, 25, who was affectionately known as Shallah passed away in Harare last Thursday due to an undisclosed illness.

A powerful vocalist with a golden voice, she worked with some of the best music producers in the country including Black Orient, Mdu Sevan, Prince Eskhosini, Cymplex Music and DJ Drumz.

She was the third daughter of the Deputy Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Land Commission, Commissioner Abdul Nyathi.

Commissioner Abdul Nyathi

Her brother, poet Woza kaNyathi said at the time of her death, Shallah was being mentored by her cousin Albert Nyathi and had a promising career.

“Shallah was my young sister. She was an amazing sight on stage and had talent that could move audiences. She had a very promising career, at one time sharing the stage with the likes of Roki,

Trevor Dongo

, Gringo, Desire Moyoxide and a lot of Gwanda artistes. Some of her songs included, Isibane Sami, Sebenza, and her latest song was Ingoma Yami,” said Woza kaNyathi.

He said Shallah’s body is expected to leave Nyaradzo (Sizinda branch) in Bulawayo at 11am for Gwanda.

“There will be a procession that will start at midday at Glow Garage and head to Gwanda Hotel.”

Those attending the funeral have been advised to honour Shallah by wearing black and white outfits.


Shallah’s contribution to the arts sector has moved Gwanda creatives who have penned an emotional song laced with poetry and music titled Lala Kahle (Tribute to Shallah).

Gibbonz, a member of Gwanda music outfit GDA Fire mourned Shallah saying the town’s arts fraternity has been robbed.

“We once worked with her as GDA Fire on the track, Isibane Sami. It was a good experience as we also got to mentor her. Her death was shocking as it left us poorer. Gone too soon as her future was bright.”

Producer DJ Drumz said: “I think I was the first producer to work with her. During the first lockdown, we spent a lot of time with the likes of Ronny B, Gibbonz, Master Zhoe and Cutie G as we worked on various projects. The news of her death was quite disheartening.”

Kay_Kid Umfanomsotho said it was saddening to lose a talented vocalist who he planned to work with on a song. – @mthabisi_mthire

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