ZAMBIANS have reacted to the death of widely known Kalindula musician Brian Chilala with shock.
Yesterday, many woke up to the news that Chilala had died in a road traffic accident on Lusaka’s Lumumba Road on Sunday evening.
According to police, Chilala lost control of his Mitsubishi Colt registration number ABD 9588 and hit into a street light pole and overturned once.
Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo said the accident happened due to excessive speed.
Many Zambians took to Facebook, posting different images of Chilala on their timelines accompanied by captions expressing their shock and sadness.
“Just woke up to the terrible news that BRIAN CHILALA has died in a road traffic accident.
Apart from touring extensively with him as singer and Road Manager for Chris Chali’s Amayenge, Brian (Keve) was part of the team that we constituted to formulate the first ever ZAM Strategic Plan document supported by the USAID when he served in my executive.
MHSRIP,” reggae artist Maiko Zulu wrote.
Football commentator and journalist Matimba Nkonje wrote, “Waking up to the sad news that Musician and Green Buffaloes Football Club diehard fan Brian Chilala is dead after being involved in a road traffic accident. Will miss seeing and meeting you at most football matches. MHSRIP.”
Besides his hit songs Nsanje, Utuswende and Chofuleme among others, Chilala will be remembered for his showmanship and dancing skills when he graced the stage.
The Zambia Association of Musicians said the death of Chilala was a sad day for the Zambian music industry.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our very own Zambian Kalindula Music Legend Brain Chilala who passed on at 23:00hrs last night in a Road Traffic Accident. The Zambian Music Industry mourns a great loss of a man whose authentic Zambian sound made for a significant part of Kalindula music, art, social life and culture, the association wrote its page,” stated ZAM.