'Daiton's death a great loss to Sungura'

HARARE - Former Pengaudzoke producer Peter Muparutsa says Daiton Somanje’s death has robbed Zimbabwe of a musician who was instrumental in creating a unique brand of sungura music.

Daiton succumbed to meningitis on Tuesday evening at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals at the age of 49. The Mutare-born Muparutsa produced several albums by Pengaudzoke, co-led by the late Daiton and his brother Josphat, at Radio and Tape Promotions (RTP).

“While everyone was trying to copy a certain sungura sound, the Pengaudzoke brothers created their own,” Muparutsa told the Daily News yesterday.

“These guys had their own Pengaudzoke sound which was different and unique. The sungura industry is dying because everyone now wants to copy and it all sounds the same.”

Muparutsa, who is also the lead vocalist of RUNN Family, recalled the Somanje brothers’ humble background which he believed played a part in making them unique artistes.

“We (RTP) started together a long ago, taking them from a farm around Beatrice. Those days they used to play instruments made from scrap containers.

“It hurts but it is God’s will. His death is a great loss to the sungura genre,” Muparutsa said

When the Daily News asked Josphat to comment on the impact of his brother’s death, the talented guitarist-cum-vocalist said it was still too early for him to do that.

He, however, revealed that his brother would be buried today in Marondera.

But in an interview with the Daily News a couple of months ago, Josphat said lack of professionalism was the main cause of the break-up of Pengaudzoke which he co-led with the late Daiton.

“If we had received professional advice, we could not have gone through such a disgraceful act with Daiton,” he told the Daily News then.

“I wish to put our differences aside but that does not mean Pengaudzoke is back. Daiton is doing his thing and I am doing my own thing too and if we are meant to work together, let tomorrow decide.”

Josphat added that he was determined not to repeat the mistakes he made when he parted ways with Daiton.

“If I am to get an advisor, I would appreciate that as that person would help me mould my band. The last time, I ended up saying unnecessary information about my brother which was not for public consumption,” he said

“Look at the Chimbetus, they have about four different bands that hail from the same family but despite having a few differences they are all doing well and that is how Daiton and myself should have handled our differences.”

Comments (6)

May his soul RIP.Will never forget Zvibate pamhaka,Kwatakabve kure nenhamo,Ndega ndega etc,Indeed we have lost Daiton but his musical legacy shall forever live with us.To Josphat and crew,keep the Pengaudzoke beat going.

Cde Dokora - 9 April 2015

Ndokudai Meseeeeeh

5 Penga Penga - 10 April 2015

Your great work will live with us for ever....rest in peace dear friend and entertainer....Mwana waMesa you said it yourself "Kumarinda hakuna shasha"

Anenge Rombe - 10 April 2015

''Secondary........!'' ''Rega tivarovere khiyama......'' Iyi ndiyo inonzi tsaona manje.RIP dear brother.

Gora - 10 April 2015

minzwa inobaya munozviziva here, pese pandagarira kufunga nhamo, paida moyo wangu paida, kumakuva hakuna shasha chokwadi unoenda RIP

DMS - 16 April 2015

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