'Dhewa's gap not easy to fill'

GWERU - TONGAI Moyo aka Dhewa’s death will continue to be a “painful wound” difficult to heal as his life was filled with love.

Sungura musician, Alick Macheso made these comments during the weekend at the Tongai Moyo commemoration gala held at Mbizo Stadium in Kwekwe.

“Whereever he is I am sure he is still playing music and preparing the house so that when we go there we find everything ready. He will be missed. I miss him,” said Macheso.

Musician Bantuman I said Tongai Moyo’s gap is not easy to fill and if he was still alive we could be expecting a new album for the festive season.

“His death is a void that cannot be filled, maybe with time it will.

“As we are all aware that every year he would release an album towards the festive season, so last year passed without a project from his band and this year will probably pass without another project.

“Peter is there of course but he is not Tongai,” said Bantuman 1.

Ronnie Mudhindo said Tongai is greatly missed and for generations the pain will always be relayed.

“Dhewa was a humble person whom l worked with and l learnt a lot from him.

“The pain of losing him will one day go away. He was a father to me and his departure taught me more than what l could have learnt if he was alive.”

Tongai’s son Peter said: “His love and support are things l will cherish. I wish these attributes would be passed on to me. On another note, l am much stronger than l used to be a year ago.”

Suko Dube Utakataka Express manager said Tongai left them a legacy to look after, and moreso they were left with jobs.

“In the process of grieving for the departed we discover that what we were left with was more valuable than that which we lost.

“It is really a privilege that we share the experience of our achievement,” said Dube.

William Tsandukwa Orchestra Mberikwazvo manager said Tongai was a man he never exchanged harsh words with in his entire working experience with the star.

“In the case of other artistes he was such a down-to-earth person. l wished he lived longer.”

Progress Chipfumo said Tongai’s gap will be difficult to fill.

“Tongai’s place will not be easy to fill. I am happy that he did his time and we will continue to come together and remember his legacy and forever he will be remembered,” During the Mbizo Stadium gala young Igwe, Peter proved to be a perfect
match for his late father as he gave a flawless performance in remembrance of his father.

The weekend gig, marking a year after the death of Dhewa kicked off in the afternoon with Chipfumo warming up the turf for sungura music ace Macheso.

Clad in red and white, Peter mesmerised scores of patrons from across the country, from as far afield as Kariba, Harare and Chinhoyi.

Musician Jazzy Jazz said: “We will continue rallying behind the youthful musician and support his efforts to revive his father’s sound.”

Ternformn Matsiwo, a drummer with a local band said “Dhewa is still alive in us as his music still lives among us.”

Peter took over Utakataka Express from his father late last year shortly before his death on  October 15, after battling with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — a type of cancer which affects the blood cells.

“The road offered me so many lessons, that means a lot of decisions to make for a man. Some of these things look easy but I owe my success to the people rallying behind me,” said Peter.

He added that there were still more tricks to learn as he continued fighting for his place among the best.

“Like they say Rome was not built in a day; we are still going on to learn new tricks by the day and absorbing and applying them by night,” he added. - Alfred Tembo

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