Pakare Paye hosts Sam Mtukudzi memorial, album launch

A large crowd on Wednesday gathered at Pakare Paye Arts Centre in Norton for the memorial show of the late Sam Mtukudzi, where his album, Cheziya, was launched posthumously.

Sam died together with his childhood friend and sound engineer, Owen Chimhare, in a car crash on March 15 in Harare.

Family, friends and fans of the late singer gathered at the show to remember the life and times of Sam and witness the launch of his album.

His father, the legendary Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, kicked off by singing a number of songs, including Shungu that prepared the crowd for a night of superb musical entertainment.

Tuku then introduced Munyaradzi Mataruse of Kazevezeve Band to join him for a duet in the song Hondo iHondo and the sight of the two seemed to remind the audience of how Tuku would have looked with his late son on stage.

“Mukomana iyeyu ane kahistory kake naSam (This boy has a bit of a history with Sam),” said Tuku, before calling on Sam’s AY Band to join the duo in dance.

After the duet, Mataruse performed the classic traditional tune Wangu Usamuzembere by the late Paul Mpofu, which had the crowd ululating and dancing the night away with joy.

“If you haven’t listened to Sam’s album then you’re definitely left out,” said Mataruse as he encouraged the audience to purchase copies of the album.

The atmosphere turned emotional when AY Band performed the title track Cheziya, before singing the track Ngwara, written by Sam but which he never had the chance to perform publicly.

They performed other songs on the album including Ndakura Wani Ishe, which Tuku helped them perform, and Ndinotenda, a song the late Sam dedicated to his mother Daisy before his death.

Watching the band performing the song that her son dedicated to her, Daisy could not help breaking down.

After the AY Band’s performance, Sam’s sister, Selma, and her husband Tendai Manatsa, shared memories of the shows they had done together with him with the audience.

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