Tuku, Macheso to grace Dembo memorial gig

HARARE - Sungurura star Alick Macheso and music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi are among a host musicians scheduled to grace the launch of the month-long Leonard Dembo commemorations to be hosted by Dandaro Inn on April 7.

The event will see Suluman Chimbetu, Soul Jah Love, Jah Prayzah, Peter Moyo, Lyn ‘Eriza’ Magodo, Beverly Sibanda, Seh Calaz and Andy Muridzo sharing the stage with Tendai Dembo — the son of the late Chitekete hit maker.

Tendai said the 20th anniversary would be the biggest to date.

“Dembo was a legend hence we have decided to rope in living legends such as Mtukudzi and Macheso. The commemorations will run for a month and will be held at different areas,” he said.

This year marks exactly two decades since sungura musician Dembo passed away on April 9, 1996.

Born Kwangwari Gwaindepi in 1959 on February 6 in Masvingo’s Chivi area, Dembo rose to become arguably the country’s best ever sungura musician. His ability to release two albums per year endeared him with music fans.

Dembo is widely remembered for the hit song Chitekete (1991) — a track that went on to win the Silver Jubilee Song award in 2005, nine years after his death.

Some of Dembo’s albums include  Amai Nevana Vavo released in 1984, Nhamo Moto (1986), Kuziva Mbuya Huudzwa (1987), Sharai (1987), Kukura Kwedu (1988), Ruva Rashe (1989), Kukura Hakutani (1990), Chitekete (1991), Tinokumbira Kurarama (1992), Mazano (1993), Kutinya Marimba (1993), Nzungu Ndamenya and Paw Paw (1994), Shiri Yakangwara (1995) and his last album Babamunini released in 1996.

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