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[LIVE BLOG] Family, fans & stars gather at Robbie Malinga's memorial in Soweto

Robbie Malinga's memorial service is being held at the Grace Bible Church in Pimville, Soweto.

And with that, Robbie Malinga's memorial concludes. His funeral will be held next week Tuesday at Rhema Bible Church.

Musa Sukwene now performing the hit track 'Mthande' on stage.

Robbie Jnr says it been really hard for his family. He says his dad was the best in Africa.

Malinga's son Robbie Jnr now on stage to speak about his father.

Bheki Malinga from the Malinga family now gives the vote of thanks.

In pictures: Robbie Malinga memorial...

Musician Zahara now performing on stage.

Trompies members Spikiri and Jairos take to the stage now.

A montage of photos now playing on screen.

Robbie and the late Brown Dash would poke fun at each other constantly, Mangena says. Mangena thanks Malinga's family for sharing him with the world.

"Robbie is one of the icons we looked up to," Mangena says.

Loyiso 'Chippa' Mangena now on stage.

An emotional Mojalefa Tebe says Malinga was his brother and that they made great music together. He says Malinga was the funniest person in the world.

DJ Sbu talks about Malinga's start in the Kwaito genre and his work with fellow TS Records founder, TK Nciza. He says he's proud that Malinga owned his own music.

Sbu 'DJ Sbu' Leope now on stage.

Twala says Department of Arts and Culture needs to do more to look after music legends.

Sello Chicco Twala talks about his and Malinga's brotherhood in the music industry.

Joyous Celebration co-founder Lindelani Mkhize now on stage. He speaks about Robbie's cheeky side.

According to the memorial programme, Malinga's wife Anne will not be speaking today.

Malinga was an Orlando Pirates supporter and overall soccer fanatic. Friends now talk about his love for the sport.

Sipho Dube from Malinga's record label and a representative from Touch Africa now on stage.

Musicians who worked with Malinga now on stage to talk about his musical career.

Fiso, one of the artists Malinga worked with, now singing one of his most popular songs from the 1990s.

"Robbie was a humble, clever child," his neighbour says.

Malinga's childhood friend and his childhood neighbour now on stage.

Malinga's sister says Robbie wrote songs with positive messages.

As early as age 11, Malinga would help direct the church choir.

Malinga family member says it was evident while Robbie was still a child that he'd either be a politician or musician.

Malinga's sister-in-law now on stage. She shares fond memories of Malinga as a family man.

MC Kabelo Mabalane says he knew Malinga was sick. He asked himself if he called him, but remembered that he didn't. "It's important to reach out to each other [as entertainers]", he says. "I plan to do better next time."

MECs Gwen Ramokgopa, Panyaza Lesufi, as well as Buti Manamela are among the government officials in attendance.

Mourners on their feet, visibly emotional during Sekgobela's ministration.

Gospel singer Lebo Sekgobela opens the service in song.

Malinga was born and bred in Soweto in 1968. He began his music career in the late 80s and then ventured into the burgeoning Kwaito scene in the early 90s. Later, he settled on Afro Pop, a genre he became most famous for. He released a  number of his own albums through the years, the last being the self-titled "Robbie Malinga", released in November this year. 

Family, fans and others in the entertainment industry are making their way inside the church. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN.

South African musical maestro Robbie Malinga passed away on Christmas Day at his home on Johannesburg. His memorial service is being held at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto. His funeral will take place next week.