LATE singer and music producer Robbie Malinga’s legacy will be kept alive.
Malinga, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2017, would have turned 53 on Monday, 8 November.
To celebrate his birthday, his wife Ann launched a book titled Robbie Malinga at Universal Music Studios in Rosebank, Joburg. He was an A&R manager for the studios.
The book was edited by renowned journalist and author Lesley Mofokeng and the event was hosted by Lupi Ngcayisa and Robbie’s collaborator Musa Sukwene.
Speaking to Daily Sun, Ann said: “The book is to keep his legacy alive in the coming years. I feel like Robbie worked very hard for his brand and I have always wanted to keep it going as long as I live.”
Ann said the book was made up of three parts.
“The first part is Robbie telling his own story from his birth to his battle with cancer, which claimed his life on Christmas Day in 2017. In the second part, I get candid about widowhood and the challenges it presented me with as a young woman,” she said.
“The third section features tributes, starting with the intensely personal and emotional letter Robbie Junior wrote to his sister Zanokuhle, who was just two years old when their father died.
“Friends, family and associates also share their memories of Robbie and give a vivid image of a man who was loved for his music and the contribution he made to the industry.”
Ann said she felt like she owed it to Robbie and their children to keep honouring him.