James Chimombe to be honoured

HARARE - Tendai Chimombe, the eldest daughter of the late music legend James Chimombe, will headline a commemorative gig in honour of her departed father to be hosted by Jazz 24/7 on November 3.

Artistes who will perform in honour of Chimombe who died on October 23, 1990 aged 39 include Tendai Dembo, Jairos Chabvonga, Sasha, Blessing Chihera, Sani Makhalima, Uhuru Tribe, Ammi Jamanda, Mama Rachie, Eriya and Biggie Tembo Jnr.

Rising artiste Andy Muridzo will be the guest artiste. Tendai told the Daily News that complications forced them to move the gig beyond its traditional time in October.

“We were supposed to honour him this month but we did not get a proper venue which is central that is why we have pushed it to November 3,” Tendai said.

The eldest daughter of the legendary Chimombe formed a 10-member musical outfit in 2014 called Huchi Band in a bid to carry her celebrated father’s musical legacy.

“James Chimombe’s last musical band was called Huchi and as a result I decided to continue with the name. I recorded an eight-track album titled Tribute to the legendary James Chimombe that I did in honour of my father and I am glad the album has done fairly well,” she said.

Songs on her album include Anondida, Masutu Remix, Zuvaramakaenda, Kutsamwa, Baba Vevana, Jemedza Remix, Natsa and Gitare.

The daughter of the late Chimombe recently told the Daily News that she was forced by circumstances to enter the music world.

“It is now our duty as his children to maintain that legacy. We were six children in the family — three boys and three girls. It is unfortunate that two boys passed away — Freddy and Kudakwashe who was physically challenged.

“My only surviving brother is now staying in the United Kingdom and as such, as the eldest child I have no option but to take the bull by the horns. I have a duty to uphold my father’s musical legacy,” said the mother of two who joined the Zimbabwe College of Music in 2011 to prepare herself for the rigours of the music world.

“Initially, I never thought I would become a musician one day. I spent more than 10 years as a civil servant but the call to music increasingly became irresistible,” she said then.

The late Chimombe is still fondly remembered for hits such as Munakandafa, Zvaitika, Bindura, Muchiti Mugere, Jikinya, Emma, Kudakwashe and Jemedza among others.

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