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Hilton Mambo laid to rest

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The late veteran musician and radio personality, Hilton “Dr Bobo” Mambo, who died in Harare on Monday, received a huge send-off from friends, relatives and colleagues who thronged Glen Forest Memorial Place in the capital for his burial yesterday.

Artistes, sports personalities, politicians and businessmen converged to bid farewell to a multi-talented man, described by many as a rare gem in Zimbabwe’s entertainment industry. Mambo died at the Avenues Clinic of natural causes.

“He is gone in flesh, but we are with him in spirit. He is one of our heroes in music,” said Minister of Information and Publicity Webster Shamu in a graveside speech.

“We will all go through death but we are never ready for it and we did not expect this. Mambo lived his life to the fullest and I don’t think he had any regrets,” said Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma, who is also a musician.

Former ambassador to China, Chris Mutsvangwa, said Mambo belonged to the generation that brought both music liberation heroes.

Also present at the burial were members of his first band Groovy Union — David Ndoro, Clancy Mbirimi and Robert Moore — who described Mambo as a real genius.

Mambo is survived by his wife Eleanor and children Catherine, Devon, Hilton (Jr) , Caryn and several grandchildren.

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