R.I.P. Matthew Africa

SF Weekly shares the horrible news about the famed East Bay DJ and KALX stalwart, as related by Africa’s sister:

My brother, Matthew Africa, was killed in a car accident on Monday afternoon. He and his beloved wife, Ha Le, were returning from a trip to Yosemite when their car collided with a big rig on a highway near Modesto. They tell us he died instantly; miraculously, she survived with multiple fractures. His absence is unbearable. Please keep our families in your thoughts and prayers.

I think everyone who knew him is probably pretty broken up right now, so I’ll just say that we’ve lost a really good soul and if it feels unfair, it’s because it is.

9 Responses to “R.I.P. Matthew Africa”

  1. anadromy says:

    I never met the man but I always used to love his shows on KALX and I was very shaken to hear he’s gone. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.

  2. sx says:

    Terrible news. Matthew and I were coworkers a ways back; really nice guy and very dedicated to his craft. (Remember being blown away that this low key guy knew DJ Shadow.) He was an attorney too–multifaceted guy. Condolences to his wife and family.

  3. ryan says:

    this is a shame. always enjoyed hearing him on the radio.

  4. buzzgirl says:

    Oh, no. I’m so sorry to hear this. He was such a genuinely nice person.

    He was also a great DJ who loved music so much it was infectious.

    Truly horrible news.

  5. Cesar says:

    I met Matt back at Columbia University in NYC circa 1989-90. My deepest condolences to all

  6. Rebekah says:

    I DJed at KALX in 2002-2006 & I would see him around. It made me really sad to hear about this the other day & I’ve been thinking about it since. He was a really nice guy & humble to boot.

    It’s kind of odd to think that someone you haven’t thought of in many, many years has now permanently disappeared, but I guess death is like that.

  7. shanks says:

    damn…. amazing how a person can go from returning from a happy trip to yosemite… next thing you know there is horrible tragedy and sadness and loss.


  8. BB Holmes says:

    He was my childhood best friends older brother. I always look up to him growing up. Truly a tragedy. Its so sad to hear about this. My condolence to Julia and her family. This truly is an unbearable loss.

    • Bruce Africa says:


      Nice to hear from you, and you did have a wonderful friendship with Julia. Thanks for your thoughts. I hope that life goes well for you and your family.