The Passing of Popular Gospel Musician Neyi Zimu
They say that the good ones go first…the ones that keep the rest of us on the right path. This is definitely the case of Neyi Zimu (born Moses Gcinumuzi). A great father, husband, composer and gospel star has decided to spread his angel wings on Wednesday night, 4 December 2019 at Busamed Hospital in Modderfontein.
Zimu battled with a very rare blood disorder affecting his skin (mycosis fungoides), which was diagnosed two years ago. This severe skin problem developed an itchy rash. Everyone was asked to pray for the Jehova Re Tshepile Wena hitmaker’s recovery after he’d gone for a light therapy followed by a higher state treatment – chemotherapy.
Unfortunately, Zimu’s death left us in sadness and disbelief. He captured the hearts of Christians and encourage those who suffered to trust in Jehova. This inspirational South African gospel singer, worship leader and pastor, was popularly known for belonging to the Spirit of Praise. He touched many souls in ways we can’t imagine. TV presenter and former YoTV star Hulisani Ravele revealed how the singer’s music helped her through her darkest days. She’d put his music on repeat, and it was like he was present with her and ministered to her that better days were to come. She also disclosed that she’d never cried so much about the death of someone she didn’t know personally.
People who knew him personally, such as his wife Nelisiwe Sibisi-Zimu and his children, Zimu was loving, honest and was the best in everything he put his mind to. He was the best gospel artist in South Africa, but also a friend, a leader and a mentor. Even though their hearts are bleeding because of his passing, they’re happy that he’s resting now.
During Zimu’s memorial service, the church was electric as friends, family and fellow worshippers filled the centre to capacity. With the church overflowing, a tent was set up outside with flat screens to display the happenings inside. Everyone paid tribute while singing the best gospel music in SA, Zimu’s songs, along with the choir.
Zimu was laid to rest on Wednesday, 11 December 2019, at House of Treasures Ministries in Johannesburg South. Local musicians, the public, and politicians who included EFF leader Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambo attended. Everyone paid their respects, and kind words were shared about Zimu – “he was a South African musician who ministered God’s word through his music”; “he was an artist of note, a talented musician who composed timeless music.” View Zimu’s funeral video here.
Neyi Zimu, you’ve run your race; now it’s time to rest in peace…
Neyi Zimu Biography
Neyi Zimu, aged 49, was raised on a small farm located in Sebokeng and as a child aspired to become a lawyer and professional football player. However, he started singing at the age of six, and his music career began in high school after being discovered by a late friend. Zimu enjoyed reading the Bible, praying and engaging in fellowship with other famous gospel artists.
Zimu married his wife and have three amazing children – an example of a good Christian family. He raised his children to be respectful towards others and to fear God to be good role models for their children.
He had been in the gospel industry for 13 years and building what he had, had not been easy but rather very long and tough. His work can be traced back to 1996, where he founded Family Factory and Joyous Celebration. In 2001, he released his album Excited which featured Concorde Nkabinde and Jazz duo Tsunami.
Excited was a success and paved the way for other albums: Ena ke Nako in 2003, Message in 2007, I trust in You in 2013, Friends in Praise, Another Level of Worship, and The Waiting is Over in 2017.
He had performed on-stage with well-known musical artists such as late Wendy Mseleku, The Manhattans, Sibongile Khumalo, Vuyo Mokoena, and Rebecca Malope, and shared a stage with Pastor Benjamin Dube as part of Spirit of Praise.
He was part of big projects alongside his mentor, Pastor Dube, such as Healing in His presence. He also featured in the gold-selling, SAMA award-winning, Spirit of Praise 2012 which was a live recording at Carnival City Big Top Arena.
Trending songs that deeply resonate with its listeners include Lamb of God, Lord We Worship You, and Come as You Are. At least Zimu also left us with these top 15 popular songs (with videos) too.
*Image from Youtube.