Ay Band’s Martha Badza dies

Martha Badza who was one of the back-up singers to the late Sam Mtukudzi’s Ay Band has died. after a short illness.

Badza had also recently spent time as a backup singer for Mic Inity.

I remember when Sam used to tell me that there was noone who understood him as much as Martha did. When he wanted to do something impromptu on stage, she just understood him without him needing to tell her what he was about to do.

Martha Badza in the white pants... the last performance with Sam Mtukudzi

Below are a list of some of the condolence messages passsed

Ropafadzo Vhiriri –  arts administrator

I cnt stop th tears,i’m in shock Tsondi!Ko wat hapnd,plz sme1 tel me?!

Mandla Ncube – Lavuka

Rest in peace Martha you will surely be missed and you were such a kind and warm person. words will never explain but at this moment we are pained.

Simba Magaisah – sound engineer book cafe

R.I.P martha yu always be my little sis will miss yu

Taona Mutengo – lead singer African Destiny

What’s the meaning of this….. Somebody please tell me. I’m in deep shock. Pasi ratimedza shuwa! R.I.P dearest. R.I.P.

Frank Shonhai – sound engineer book cafe

Aaah Martha sha R.I.P sha ndarwadziwa kani….

Nelly Ndomu –  Shades Of Black back-up singer

martha sha, im so hurt. R.I.P luv.

Martha was a respected artist in the industry and led Sam’s band after his death as an embodiment of his legacy.

She was 30.


  • Carmen Nelly Hwarari

    nhai Sahwira…….. asi chii ko veduwe! rest in eternal peace my dear…… haaa yaah ndazorwadziwa ini shuwa…… wat a year!!!