Tributes pour in for Simeti

SEVERAL leading Zimbabwean gospel and secular artistes alike have paid tribute to female singer Joyce Simeti who died in Harare on Tuesday at Arcadia Medical Centre.

According to the late musician’s husband, Stanley Simeti, the popular musician passed away aged 42, three years after being diagnosed with an auto immune disorder.

Leading the overflow of tributes was veteran gospel musician Charles Charamba who said death had robbed him of a “good friend.”

“We are going to miss her as a friend. Not only was she a fellow musician but we also worked together in different aspects of our lives. We were both on the Zimura board and we also came from the same village as well,” said the Machira Chete singer.

Music producer Lyton Ngolomi described the late musician as a good example of a modest and selfless person.

“I worked with her on the song Ndakange Ndisipo in 2012 and she was a joy to work with. She was really passionate about her work and she was not a difficult person to work with. I am so hurt. I have lost someone who was easy to work with and may her soul rest in peace, ‘‘ he said.

Ngolomi‘s wife — Bethen Pasinawako — said Simeti’s death had left her distraught.

“Mai Simeti has left a big gap in our music industry. For me to be who I am today Mai Simeti was part of it too. A fashionista I used to call her. I am grateful that she asked me to be the backing vocalist for her album Ndakange Ndisipo,” she said.

Celebrated gospel songstress Shingisai Suluma wrote on her Facebook page, “Words are inadequate to express the sadness I feel about losing Joyce Simeti, my partner and soldier in God’s army serving through music. Stanley and Rejoice Simeti, I pray you have courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.”

Despite being a secular musician, award-winning Jah Prayzah joined the gospel music industry in mourning Simeti.

“It is a sad day in the Zimbabwean music fraternity once again. We have lost a talented gospel artist, Amai Joyce Simeti. Rest well Amai nenyasha dzaMwari tichasanganiswa,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Songstress Cindy Munyavi also registered her condolences on Facebook.

“My sincere condolences to her family and the industry at large. The music industry is tough but every time I bumped into sister Joyce she always left me feeling encouraged. All it took was five minutes of her time. Go well big sis. ..”

Fellow gospel artistes Pastor G and Mathias Mhere were also among those who poured plaudits on the late gospel artiste.

“She was hardworking, resourceful and creative. She loved God and people. She was also full of humility and good character. Mai Simeti leaves a huge gap in the industry,” said Pastor G while Mhere paid tribute to her exemplary behaviour.

“Her demeanour, dressing, everything was something to marvel at. Mumunda medu tarasikirwa,” he said.

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