Barotseland based artist and music producer Abel Mukungu popularly known as RAdikoh is dead.
Abel was a rising star and producer of music in the fast growing Barotse music industry, now popularly known as MBUNGA MUSIC, and was numbered among the 'best' of the 'best' with hit songs like ‘Usike Wasaba’, ‘Sinyunywani’,’NI yokubiha’ and many others. He was also known as ‘Radwax’.
Although the cause of his death is yet to be publically known, social media network group BBN confirmed that Radikoh was lately in and out of hospital until he died on the 17th September 2016. He was put to rest on the 19th of September.
He recently opened his own new Musical studio in Mungu after working for a couple of studios in Zambia such as; JAM VIBE STUDIOS (2010 - 2011) and Universal Studios Entertainment (2013-2014). Radikoh was also associated with Dollars Records Entertainment until he established RADWAX FLEVAZ studios.
His gospel hit single, ‘Usike Wasaba’, was on 18th July 2014 featured and reviewed by The Barotseland Post Entertainment and Showbiz news team in conjunction with BHRBM and can be sampled here: http://www.barotselandpost.com/index.php/all-news/entertainment-showbiz/item/632-song-review-usike-wasaba-by-radikoh
Here below are selected messages of tribute to the fallen hero of Mbunga Music:
LUTANGU KUTOMA BENZEMA LUTANGU writes:
.... I shall always remember RAdikoh Mukungu Abel by his row (role) he played in gospel music as well as his efforts that led to the improvement of Mbunga music.. Your golden voice will ever be missed and remembered our great one RIP until we meet - LUTANGU KUTOMA BENZEMA LUTANGU
MUMBLE JUMBLE – a Barotse rapper expresses his grief after hearing the loss:
Yes, we never met; we never talked but the impact you've brought to this (Barotse music) industry was felt and I blame myself not to have told you as early as you were still here! The first time I heard your music was when I was in Grade 9 back in 2008 and from there, I began to have interest in Mbunga Music. You've influenced many (including me) with your music and for that I say 'THANKS!' Your departure has left a lot of people like me with a lesson of appreciating someone whilst they still alive. The only thing I can pay you right now is #RESPECT!!! #RIP BRO - MUMBLE JUMBLE
MATAUKA MATTY IMWIKO – musician:
RAdikoh Mukungu Abel sure
May your caring and ever happy soul rest in eternal peace my brother.
Kunani tabo ku mulena mulikani...I know you in a better place. I will always cherish our friendship even in death - MATAUKA MATTY IMWIKO
CHRIS LUBASI LUZONGO KALALUKA – Barotse nationalist writes:
What a National Loss for Barotseland!
We have lost a gallant warrior, a man of faith in our Independence as he championed the revival of our forbidden, if not restricted, identity through music. He was a great Nationalist in as far the spirit of Barotse Nationalism went. We have lost this young icon so soon... Anyway, God gave Motherland and has taken what He gave! May His name be praised.
As front liners, we will always remember you and love you until we meet again on the other side! RAdikoh!
NB: I WILL NOT BE POSTING ANY SOCIAL MESSAGES TODAY IN VIEW OF A FALLEN HERO'S BURIAL. ONLY MESSAGES TO DO WITH THE BAROTSELAND INDEPENDENCE STRUGGLE SHALL BE ENTERTAINED – CHRIS LUBASI LUZONGO KALALUKA
LLOYD KAPUSA KAPUSA (MUVI TV staffer and roving reporter) says:
All We Are Left With Is the Echo of Your Strong Well Composed Voice Clanging Out of Speakers.
Radikoh The King Of KwaWiko Mbunga Music! Is You Shouting Letting Us Know That You Still Live Among Us Through Your Well Natured Music.
Your Existence In The Mbunga Music Circles Added Great Progress And Development To The Young Artists Despite Yourself Being Young.
It is a Loss To The Mbunga Music Sector But You Leave Behind A High Be Beaten By The Upcoming Young Musicians.
RADIWAX As You Were Sometimes Referred To, You Leave Us In Suspense, We Might Never Know And Have The Blessings From The Gospel Album You Were Coming Up With.
Your Collaboration With Some Of Zambia’s Music Heavy Weight Just Shows How Well Positioned You Were In The Music Industry.
A great Singer, A great Producer, A great Composer
He was, He is
He Will Be Forever!..
You Have Never Gone Anywhere You Are Always In Hearts Of All The Fans!
Thank You For The Tunes You Gave Us, We Enjoy Them Even In Your Absence.
RIP Brother - LLOYD KAPUSA KAPUSA
"Legends Don't Die, They Just Rest"
See how far you came and started this from the scratch. My Deep Condolences to the family. Go well Brother, till we meet again...! - ABRAHAM