Young Igwe lashes out

HARARE - There is no other memorial gig for the late Tongai Moyo except the gig slated for Kwekwe next weekend, says the late icon’s son — Peter.

And the promoters who are masquerading as the bona fide holders of Dhewa’s music rights for the show, will be sued, as Peter fights to have his way in what potentially could be a legal merry-go-round, if push comes to shove.

The young Igwe  lashed at "enterprising” music promoters who are scrambling to have the rights to hold the remembrance show.

“I only know the Kwekwe show to be held on the 14th of this month. I am the one who organised the Kwekwe show as a way of paying tribute to my father,” an unwavering Moyo told the Daily News.

The young Igwe’s warning comes against a background of mooted and in some cases, advertised shows, to mark the first anniversary of the late sungura star.

Gift Petro is organising Moyo’s memorial show to be held on October 28 in Harare Gardens.

“The Harare show is bigger compared to the Kwekwe one which will be held on October 14 at Mbizo stadium.

“Alick Macheso, Progress Chipfumo and Peter Moyo are the only artistes expected to perform at the Kwekwe show while a number of musicians will be sharing the stage in Harare,” said Petro, unaware of the traps being fine-tuned by Peter Moyo.

Petro said he is organising the Harare show with the approval of the Moyo family.

“All is set for the show, even Peter knows it — actually we are doing this for the sake of Utakataka fans in Harare,” he said.

A-Gweru based music promoter is reportedly busy organising another Moyo memorial show pencilled for Chinhoyi.

However, Harare gig promoter Petro expressed ignorance about the Chinhoyi show.

“I know nothing about the Chinhoyi show, I only knew about the Kwekwe show,” said Petro.

The young Igwe said the show organisers are trying to benefit from his father’s fame and legacy.

He said he will have none of it although it was not clear whether the young Igwe has secured legal rights to all shows associated with the senior Igwe or to his music.

“These promoters are trying to benefit from my father’s legacy yet I am the one who has the right to benefit from this,” said Peter.

Peter urged the music promoters to stop organising the events saying he will ensure that they are jailed if they carry out the gigs.

All the shows are meant to celebrate the Muchina Muhombe singer’s life.

Moyo also known as Dhewa died on October 15 last year after battling with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — a type of cancer which affects the blood cells.

Peter, 23 stunned the entertainment arena when he took over as the new Utakataka boss and continued with his father’s music legacy.

When Peter took over as the leader of Utakataka Express, he virtually inherited everything — ranging from debts left by Tongai, to taking care of the family and property.

In an earlier interview with  the Daily News on Sunday — Peter said he was struggling to support the big family which his father was supporting before his death.

He said he was struggling to settle close to $20 000 debts left by his father.

But he has since gotten into the groove is now commanding big crowds which at first were attracted to the band but have since found comfort in the young musician mimicking his late father.

Tongai started his musical journey in 1988 in Kwekwe before joining Shirichena Jazz band as a session musician.

He later formed Utakataka Express.

But he met a lot of criticism from the society, labelling him Leonard Dembo’s copycat but he managed to forge on until he created his own musical beat.

To neutrals, Moyo was a welcome relief; he reminded them of the inimitable Dembo whilst at the same time, announced his own beat with was laced with love and social lyrics.

He might not have been the social evangelist of Thomas Mapfumo’s  calibre, but whenever he released an album — it often found it’s way to women’s hearts — a large constituency of his sungura music.

Even in death, he has many fans who continue to give testimony to his wonderful music, performed in typical fashion by well-dressed band members. - Vasco Chaya

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