Cape Town - Robbie Malinga who was also known as Insimbi has been unwell for the past year and he succumbed to ill-health on Christmas Day in Johannesburg.
"We send our condolences to his family, especially his wife Ann and the two children. We also sympathise with Robbie's collaborators and colleagues in the music business. Our hearts also go out to the legions of fans who Robbie has given countless soundtracks of their lives," read the statement from RiSA.
The gravel voiced crooner was a highly decorated SA Music Award winner taking home top honours including Best Producer with his own projects as well as recordings he either composed, arranged, produced or sang in - in some cases he would do all four as a mark of his versatility and talent.
Comments Nhlanhla Sibisi, RiSA CEO: "To say Robbie Malinga's death is a loss will be an understatement. This was one of the best this country has ever produced. A lot of musicians owe their successes to his magic touch as a producer, composer, arranger and vocalist. He was one of the most sought after hitmakers in this country.
"His death is a definite end of an era and a sound we will not forget soon, what a devastating loss. We can never tell the South African music story without giving him a prominent mention," he says.
Details of Robbie's memorial and funeral have not been announced yet.