Limpopo and Bolobedu singer Samuel Maritus ‘Lil Meri’ Malatji has passed on following a short illness.

The 22-year-old took the music industry by storm with his hits ‘Ke ngwana wa Motho’. His manager confirmed that Lil Meri died on Saturday afternoon.

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Lil Meri was born in a dusty Ga-Motupa village in early 2000.

He became famous with a hit song NGWANA MOTHO (I am also someone’s child), which caused a huge sensation in the bolobedu music industry, and has since released more hits.

Lil Meri has passed on aged 22
The late Samuel Maritus ‘Lil Meri’ Malatji


After getting some mainstream attention, Lil Meri got into trouble when he was found wearing a South African Defence Force uniform (SANDF). 

Fortunately, he was released a few days later because this was his first offense.

After the SANDF Saga, he released a hit song BA RETSWARISA, translating (they got us arrested) a song that caused a storm in the bolobedu music world.

In 2020, Lil Meri released his other songs, such as THIPA (knife) and Melemo (mouth). These two songs are now very important and have also won him some important performances. Thipa is ranked in the top 30 of Thobela FM Ranked 5th on the list.

May his Soul rest in peace.