Actor Maramba dies

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s theatre industry has lost a talented actor, Sebastian Maramba who died on Sunday at Harare Hospital.

Maramba featured in many local stage and screen plays among them Indeginous Indeginous, Waiting for Constitution, Fists and Fingers, Wedding Night, Face to Face.

The deceased, Maramba was a young brother to the late Kaleb Maramba (Chief Arinze from Estate Blues) who died on October 14, 2010.

Friends and family are gathered at 1923 Egypt, Highfield at his mother’s house.

Kudzai Maramba, Sebastian’s nephew said the deceased was suffering from fatigue and was going blind.

“He started complaining of fatigue four weeks ago and was losing his eyesight.

“He then went to live with gogo and was later admitted into hospital. Eventually, he had gone blind in one eye. They were draining water from his spine and at the time of his death they had not yet carried out tests to establish what he was suffering from."

“If all goes well, he will be buried today at the Graneville Cemetery (KuMbudzi),” he said.

Tafadzwa Muzondo a producer, director and actor who once worked with Maramba expressed sympathy over his industry’s loss.

“I last saw him three weeks ago and only got a call yesterday that he had passed on. I am not sure of when he was hospitalised. It is very unfortunate that we have lost him. He had an eye for detail and did not like doing things in a haphazard manner. He would rather wait to release something than give people a half-baked production. We have suffered a big loss in our industry and I shall personally miss working with him,” he said.

Washington Masenda, national administrator of Together As One theatre for children and young adults said he learnt with shock the death of Maramba.

“I ran into his mother at Harare Hospital last month. Unfortunately I was not able to go and see him as I was visiting other patients there. It is very sad that we have lost him. I worked with him from the grassroots level and he had progressed into more professional theatre. I am still trying to mobilise other artists so that we can come together and write an obituary,” he said.

Maramba was single at the time of his death. - Entertainment Writer

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