Veteran musician Anthony Maonde has died.Mr Maonde, 73 died, in a Road Traffic Accident in Monze area on Saturday afternoon. Mr Maonde and his sister Mrs Deliah Maonde-Kamoga died after
the vehicle in which they were travelling in over turned.The duo died shortly after the accident which hapenned between Chisekese and Mazabuka.. They were travelling from Chisekese area where they had gone to attend a funeral.

Mr Monde, was one of Zambia’s leading pianist, whose music career spans over 50 years has shared stage with great artistes such as African great pianist of the 60s,James Brown, Wilson Picket, Duke Harringtone,Huge Masekela,Mirrian Makeba,Dorothy Masuka and Champion Banda..He quit his job as a laboratory technician working for the mines on the Copperbelt to take up a full time music career in 1969 .He formed the Rokana Melodies in Kitwe in the 1960s.The Rokana Melodies later became the most popular band in Zambia.

The band’s flagship song Chomba Malaila still remains a hit today.


In 1970 Mr. Maonde went to Livingstone where he teamed up with friends and formed the Los Comrados, which specialised in Zambian traditional music and jazz. The band’s flagship song Chomba Malaila still remains a hit today.

In 1979,he joined the The Broadway Quintet the country’s highest paying band based at Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka. Mr Maonde, who, was popularly known as BaTony in music circles, together with Broadway Quintet headed for Bostwana in 1990 where the performed live music at an exclusive night club called the Cameo, before relocating to The Seraton Hotel in Botswana.

In 1996, we went solo after parting with the Broadway Quitet and headed for South Africa, where as a solo pianist, he played live music in the Royal Pacific and Landmark hotels among other places in Bangkok.

He later teamed up with the Johannesburg based Africa Focus Band, which played music at the Sandton Conference Centre and various hotels in Rosebank area.As a solo artiste Mr Maonde used to be hired to perform music for the rich and famous at the Sandton Sun and Tower Intercontinental hotels.

When he returned to Zambia in 2003.He frequently use to put up live music shows at the Intercontinental Hotel lobby, at State House during state functions apart from putting up exclusive performances for Special guests for the State.

He is survived by eight children and 13 grandchildren..

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29 COMMENTS

  1. Condolences to the bereaved family, LT this is a very informative the public, keep it up and thanks.

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  2. MHSRIP. thanks for that hit “chomba malaila” keep the fire burning till we meet again on the otherside.

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  3. Oh i remember my father playing that song,chomba malaila mwilaicebela pakwenda mayo.may your soul rest in peace.

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  4. DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HIM. BUT I WISH HIM A PEACEFUL REST AND THAT GOD REWARDS HIM WITH ETERNAL SALVATION.

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  5. I have never met another Zambian accomplished pianist/organistapart form Tony Maonde in my life. He was just the best ever. M.H.S.R.I.P.

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  6. may his soul rest in peace…chomba malaila was sure a nice song. i have just listened to it on YouTube

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  7. The loss of a true hero. Tony was one of my early mentors and had great talent, mindset and work ethic. Rest in peace bro and sis. I pledge a composition in tribute to you and will donate all proceeds to both you families. Truly gutted I will not see you when I come home this year.

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  8. The Lusaka Livingstone road is a challenge.

    Animals crossing the road.
    Cars and trucks traveling at 40kmh when others are doing the speed limit.
    Buses pulling over suddenly for passengers.

    Just completing this road once in 24hrs is enough.

    A sad loss for the family of one of Zambia’s great music makers.

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    • That former Namwala Sec school Head was his elder brother. I remember when I was in primary school, next was the Livingstone Trades School where his brother was teaching and at his brother’s wedding around 1956 , Anthony’s Band provided music, live band and Anthony was on the electric guitar. I used to cheer him up each time I visited Zambia at Inters. Since I have been back home I met him twice – last one last year at UTH – with his wife. May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace. My condolences to the family

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  9. Apart from the famous “Chomba Malaila”, I must admit there iz little known about this late great. Thanks LT for the well researched info. May the good Lord Jehova God Almighty strengthen the famaly and friendz.

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  10. Ba LT, I did listen to “Chomba Malaila” on Youtube but could hardly hear the piano/keyboard. Could you please give us a video clip(s) or even some solo audios of this Zambian great. Pictures, too, will do. Many thanks for what you do.

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  11. hello my name is Danisa Chatizwa-Maonde, Im based in the United Kingdom. can you plse help me get in touch with the immediate family. DANISA CHATIZWA-MAONDE BORN IN KITWE 1968 NOW LIVING IN THE BIRMINGHAM U.K

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  12. May his soul rest in eternal peace.Surely he was such great man.To the son Quincy and other members of the his family be strong and believe that at one moment you will meet him again through the power of the almighty God.

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