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Dhewa memorial service on Friday night

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A memorial service for the late Tongai Moyo will be held in Sesombe, Zhombe, on Friday night.

Memories of the singer, who died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma two weeks ago, are still vivid in the minds of many people.

Speaking to NewsDay, family spokesperson Knowledge Chosa said the service would be held at his rural home in Village 6 of Sesombe 2 Extension where the late singer was buried.

He said the service would run overnight and would start at 6pm on Friday night to end at 2pm on Saturday.

“This is to make sure that all the people get a chance to interact with the family and those that have questions should also take the time to ask those questions,” said Chosa .

“There will be an hour-long church service tomorrow in the morning and after the service people can interact until the end of the programme.”

He said they intended to use the gathering as the platform for distributing Dhewa’s belongings among his relatives and friends.

Chosa said the family sent out invitations to Dhewa’s fellow musicians so that they could come and entertain people at the event.

“We have invited many people, including fellow musicians, and we hope artists will come in their numbers to show how much they cherish the life of their late brother,” he said.

The memorial service is being held just two weeks after Dhewa’s death because the family observes a Shona tradition that dissuades people from holding any rituals in November.

His band, Utakataka Express, is expected to resume shows after the memorial following Dhewa’s relatives’ insistence the musician’s equipment should not be used before the memorial service.

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