Negura Bunget Founder Gabriel “Negru” Mafa Passes Away At 42
Gabriel “Negru” Mafa, a founding member of atmospheric folk metal band Negura Bunget, has passed away at the age of just 42.
His bandmate, frontman Tibor Kati, broke the news on Facebook last night:
“With great grief in our souls, we inform you that our friend and colleague, Gabriel “Negru” Mafa, passed today, March 21st 2017, aged 42.
“We deeply regret the death of the man who founded and maintained Negură Bunget, and who dedicated his life to the sacred side of our culture, bringing it to life through music and transmitting it to various generations from all over the world.
“We hope that his legacy will continue to enchant and console those whom he left behind.
“With regret and sadness, we offer our condolences to his family and to those who knew and cherished him in this life.”
Mafa continued to play drums in the band and retain use of the Negura Bunget after a split with fellow founding bandmates Sol Faur and Hupogrammos in 2009. No information has been made available about the cause of his death.
Our thoughts go out to Gabriel’s family, friends and bandmates.