Chilala died due to excessive speeding – police
By Staff Reporter
THE accident that killed Kalindula music icon Brian Chilala last night is as a result of excessive speeding, police has disclosed.
Police public relation officer Esther Katongo said Brain died after his vehicle flipped on Lumumba road opposite Auto World around midnight on Sunday.
“There was a fatal road traffic accident which occurred on 10th February, 2019 at 23:40 hours along Lumumba road opposite Auto World. Involved was a Motor Vehicle Mitsubishi Colt registration number ABD 9588, which was being driven by Brian Chilala, a famous local musician,” Katongo says.
She adds that the accident was due to excessive speed “which forced him to lose control of the motor vehicle and hit into a street light pole and overturned once.
Katongo said Chilala’s body is laying in University Teaching Hospital mortuary.
Meanwhile, the Zambian music fraternity today expressed their sadness on the passing of their colleague.
In several Facebook posts and interviews, most of the musicians expressed shock considering that the “Shimolowa and Nsanje” hit maker was in good health and good spirits before his untimely death last night.
Veteran reggae musician Maiko Zulu, who was a close confidant and conducted music tours with Chilala when they served together in the Zambia Association of Musicians executive, expressed shock with the development in an interview with newsdayzambia.com.
“Just woke up to the terrible news that Brian Chilala had died in a road traffic accident,” he mourned.
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 Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) Strategic Plan document, supported by the USAID when he served in my executive,” he mourns.
In his Facebook post, his name sake and colleague Brian ‘Shakarongo’ Changala indicated he was awakened by numerous phone calls of people trying to find out if he was alive because they always confused him and his late colleague, Chilala.
“This morning I woke up to some calls from relatives and friends who got news from other people that I was involved in a road accident last night and passed on. Well, as you can see I am live and direct. Apparently, it is another musician colleague of ours Brian Chilala. Most people mistake our names and me for Chilala, since sometime back they knew me as Brian Chengala and to some people as long as there was a Brian, they did not see the last name. Well, this in the photos is our departed colleague Brian Chilala, RIP buddy. The struggle continues,” he stated.
And adding his voice to the sad development on his Facebook page, Ministry of Finance and National Planning public relations officer Chileshe Kandeta bemoaned the passing of his friend, stating, “his daughter has just confirmed, I have lost a wonderful friend”.
Kandeta also shared a profile of Chilala published by Music Africa in 2015, which described him as a rebel of Zambian music because of his sharp lyrics which satirically addressed both moral and political issues in the country.
“He is one of the Zambian musicians who have maintained the original version of Kalindula music. He is a one-time protégé of both Zamrock legend Paul Ngozi and Amayenge leader Chris Chali. He has been in the music industry since 1997,” reads part of the article. “In that year, he formed his own backing group called Ngoma Zasu. The music group is a true pan-Zambian band known for playing all the dance styles from the various provinces of the country with great expertise and talent”.
The article further states that together with his group, Chilala stormed the country’s music industry with hits such as Chisongo, Nimwe Tulolela, Duka, Chitinti, Mailesi, Cheuka, Tenchito, Chofuleme and Jombo.
Chilala 56, was at the time of his death married to former Permanent Secretary, Dr. Velepi Mtonga who recently lost her young brother Chimwemwe Mtonga after collapsing and dying suddenly in South Africa.