Jazz maestro Dumi Ngulube has died. He was 41.
The Amagents’ front man died at Howard Mission Hospital in Chiweshe on Sunday after a short illness and by midday, the body was still at Howard.
Joel Hozheri of Jazz 105 confirmed the death, although details were still sketchy.
Before his death, Ngulube had resorted to live performances in protest over the debilitating cancer of piracy.
He last performed in August at Nyamachoma where he drew huge crowds following his decision to quit commercial music production in protest against the scourge of piracy that has afflicted Zimbabwe’s music industry.
Ngulube, who last released an album during the festive season of 2007 called Afro-dictionary with award-winning producer Flash Gordon, threw in the towel after he discovered a pirated MP3 with all his music being sold at $1 in Kadoma.
He had also noticed that his music was being sold behind his back on napstar.com but he had not received anything from those online sales neither did he know who was benefiting.
“The money any artiste in Zimbabwe can make in a single show or let’s just say in a month will be far much more than anything one can receive from album sales in the country at the moment,” Ngulube said.