Israel Dzangare, the leader of popular choral group Chitungwiza Harmony Singers has died.
Dzangare (56) was young brother to the late Evangelist Phanuel Dzangare, popularly known as “Pastor Chiweshe”.
He died at Chitungwiza Hospital on Thursday morning. Peter Thole, the choir’s director, said Dzangare had been ill for a long time.
“He died this morning (Thursday) after he was taken to the hospital on Wednesday as his condition became critical.
“We are still in shock and his untimely death has affected us as a group,” Thole said.
He said burial arrangements would be announced in due course.
The choir conductor’s death came at a time when his 75-member outfit was expected to hold a fundraising show today at the National Art Gallery.
The proceeds from the show would have been used to bankroll their annual South African trip set for August 15 and the show has since been postponed to a later date.
Dzangare founded Chitungwiza Harmony Singers in 1993 and has led them through many competitive stages regionally and internationally, winning numerous accolades.
The 75-member group is also scheduled to perform in the United States next year, where they will be representing Africa at The World Choir Games. Dzangare and his troops have toured Europe, where they have popularised Zimbabwean choral music.
Chitungwiza Harmony Singers are also well known for their prowess in singing different national anthems, which had seen them performing at functions held by different embassies. To date the group has two albums to their name titled Mawando released in 1998 and Chumaela Vhangeri, in 2000.
Dzangare is survived by wife Cloette and four children.
Mourners are gathered at House number 3503, Unit D, Seke, Chitungwiza.