THE music business has suffered an enormous loss after the loss of life of the multi-talented maskandi and afro-jazz lead guitarist, backing vocalist and comedian sensation, Nothi Ntuli.
Nothi (58), who has labored with many high artists resembling Thokozani Langa, the late Busi Mhlongo, Thwalofu Khoza, Khuzani Mpungose, Thandiswa Mazwai, Siphokazi, Arthur Mafokate and Zulu Boy, died on Friday after an extended sickness.
He has been taking part in guitar since 1985. He made his identify within the music business whereas taking part in lead guitar for maskandi rivals, Thokozani Langa and the late Mtshengiseni Gcwensa, who used to insult one another on their songs.
However Nothi didn’t take any sides.Thokozani informed Every day Solar that he has been working with Nothi since 1995, they usually’ve collaborated on greater than 20 albums.
“Nothi was super-talented. He would play his guitar and do his comedy, whereas I did my maskandi acapella chants. We’ll ceaselessly miss him,” he mentioned.
Thokozani mentioned Nothi at all times shocked them together with his distinctive abilities.
“After I got here with the tune from Uthukela or the south coast, he was capable of mix within the sound of his guitar. If I got here up with a sluggish jam or jazz tune, he’d make it work.
“In massive maskandi festivals just like the Satmas, the place they’d use one band to play for all artists, he was at all times there due to his expertise. He was capable of play all tunes,” he mentioned.
He mentioned a memorial service to honour Nothi shall be held on Wednesday at Downtown Studios in Joburg.
“The household nonetheless must resolve on the day of the funeral, however I think that he shall be buried on Sunday at his house in Eshowe as a result of his household observes the Sabbath Day they usually don’t bury on Saturdays,” mentioned Thokozani.
He requested followers to additionally pray for his producer and legendary keyboard participant, Phathaphatha Ngcobo, who’s at present in poor health.
“What is occurring within the music business is painful. We just lately misplaced the Soul Brothers’ lead guitar participant, Max ‘China’ Mngadi. We don’t know what’s going to occur subsequent,” he mentioned.
Nothi was additionally the backing vocalist of Thwalofu Khoza, the late Mfaz’Omnyama and plenty of extra.
He was additionally doing his comedy on Khuzani Mpungose’s maskandi acapella chants.
Khuzani informed Every day Solar: “He was behind the comedy in my maskandi accapela chants. He would make many individuals snigger.“We’ll at all times miss his expertise. Might his soul relaxation in peace.”