Macheso pays tribute to Dhewa, Jimmy Jimalo

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Sungura maestro Alick Macheso has paid tribute to the late music promoter James “Jimmy Jimalo” Chiyangwa and musician Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo.

Chiyangwa, Moyo and another top musician Cephas Mashakada all died this year.

The year 2011 will go down the history books as one of the darkest years in the music industry following the passing on of the trio, regarded as giants in local music circles, as they were instrumental in defining the local music scene.

Soon after stepping onto the stage at the beginning of a show at Cathedral Hall in Gweru at the weekend, Macheso took time to honour the fallen giants.

“We will never forget Dhewa, Cephas ‘Motomuzhinji’ Samson Mashakada and Jimmy Jimalo. Please let us have a minute of silence for them.

“These people were very special and would be greatly missed. We will always remember them until we meet them again,” said Macheso.

The huge crowd inside the hall obliged and observed a minute of silence in remembrance of the pair.

The sungura king then started performing Dhewa and Mashakada’s songs, in their memory.

The crowd was sent into a frenzy when he sang Dhewa’s Samanyemba midway through the show.

Promoter Jimmy Jimalo, who was widely credited for bringing many musicians, including Macheso, into the limelight, died of cancer at the end of July.
A month later Mashakada died of diabetes at Chitungwiza Central Hospital.

The country plunged into mourning again when Dhewa, who had been battling cancer known as non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for six years, succumbed to the disease in October to mark a dark year for the local music industry.