Dewa remembered

HARARE - With his fabulous songs and arrangements, his captivating lyrics, and of course that infectious stage smile, Tongai Moyo won audiences far and wide.

On Sunday, hundreds of his fans flocked to the Harare Gardens to shed a tear and remember their favourite musician.

Tongai Moyo was on Sunday only a memory, albeit a powerful one, as he united musicians from diverse genres, who thrilled or bored fans.

At a family show, Zoey and Slizer, although they put up a polished act, could not worm their way into the hearts of the crowds who included children — but Somandla Ndebele, a close friend of Moyo and of course Macheso, an arch music rival of  Dewa, were the toast of the day.

Peter Moyo, Dewa’s son, sang from the heart, but failed to fill the giant shoes left by his father.

His voice is somewhat weak and what’s more, he lacks the endearing charisma that made Dewa a household name, especially among women.

Regardless of being the “heir to throne, ” he did his best which only became enough when Macheso and Ndebele jumped on stage and sang songs popularised by his father.

From the grave, Tongai Moyo ruled as enchanted fans sang along to his popular hits such as Naye and Muchina Muhombe.

The crowd was big and so was the occasion as Zimbabweans remembered a music colossus.

That fate robbed Zimbabwe of one of its finest musician on October 15 is undeniable but at least from the grave he is still an inspiration.

Today, so many singers claim him as an inspiration: perhaps they are hoping some of that love for the man of many colours will rub off onto them.

Comments (1)

Truly, the late Sungura maestro was a giant in the music industry. The gap he left could not be filled. Dhewa's music is full of motivational lyrics. Dhewa, may his soul rest in peace.

Eng. Taurai Dick Nyarufuka - 15 October 2014

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