The Black Missionaries withdrew from a highly-publicised show at the weekend to mourn Ledson Chumbuâ€”a brother to their cousin turned backing-vocalist, Yanjanani.
In what is usually an action-packed weekend of the month, the Blacks were scheduled to headline the launch of Limbani Bandaâ€™s album Free Man in Free World album in Blantyre on Friday and the Summertime Gala in Salima on Saturday.
However, the reggae kings stayed put at their Chileka backyard to mourn Chumbu who died on Friday.
According to Blacks leader Anjiru Fumulani, the deceased was the firstborn in Yanjananiâ€™s family and he died in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
â€œIt is with deep grief that we suspended the shows. I hope our fans will understand that we had no better option. It would have been deplorable and uncultured for us to proceed with the concerts when we are mourning,â€ said Anjiru on Sunday.
He said they were in the process of repatriating the body to Chileka.