Emotional send-off for Chimbetu's widow

HARARE - Angela Chimbetu, the widow of the late Dendera musician Simon, received an emotional send-off yesterday afternoon at Warren Hills cemetery in the capital, Harare.

The burial was attended by music promoters, her Zaoga Church members and several musicians including Charles Charamba, Mathias Mhere, Trymore Bande, Alick Macheso, First Farai, Somandla Ndebele, Chimbetu family members Allan, Tryson, Suluman and Kireni Zulu among others.

Suluman described Angela, 39, as a unifying force in the family.

“Angela’s death came as a blow to us as she was a pillar of hope and unity in the Chimbetu family and it is really disheartening that she is gone,” he said.

Tryson Chimbetu said Angela’s death did not only affect the Chimbetu family, but the entire music industry.

“When I started my music career, she was one of my managers and she was a unifying force among the family,” said the Ndondo singer.

“This loss is not only for the Chimbetu family but I can safely say the entire showbiz industry has been robbed.”

Allan, who stood in as the father of the bereaving family, initially ran out of words when asked by the Daily News to comment on the death.

“I was not aware about her illness but the last time I saw her she was so worn-out,” he said.

“We exchanged jokes together about her body which was fast wasting away and I wasn’t expecting this,” said the Sonny singer.

The burial was attended by hundreds, including members of the Musicians’ Widows Association of Zimbabwe and its patron Webster Shamu.

Eunice Dembo, the widow of Leonard Dembo and Barbara Tazvida the widow of System Tazvida, also mourned Chimbetu’s widow.

Chimbetu passed on at Chitungwa Central Hospital after battling high blood pressure. She died in the same month that her husband died.

Angela is survived by her son Kudzi.

Comments (1)

RIP Angel ,RIP chopper CHIMBETU

collins andrew - 30 January 2014

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