FORMER Hohodza Band frontman Simbarashe Mudzingwa’s body is now expected in the country from Britain next week after the family managed to raise the $5 000 required to repatriate the body for burial in Zimbabwe.
BY HARDLIFE SAMUWI
Mudzingwa’s ex-wife Staceley Tongogara yesterday told NewsDay the body was likely to arrive next week.
“His relatives and friends have managed to raise all the funds for repatriation. The Go Fund Me Account was for fans who wanted to contribute, but as a family we sat down and divided all the expenses among ourselves,” Tongogara, who is also based in the UK, said.
“What remains however is the documentation that is supposed to be sent from Zimbabwe.”
She said Mudzingwa’s brother was running all the errands in the UK to ensure that all the papers were in order.
Tongogara said it was going to be difficult for her children to go on without their father. She said: “I now find it difficult for my kids to understand that there is no more daddy in the house. It is really sad especially for my daughter who was daddy’s girl.”
Progress Chipfumo, who was also part of Hohodza Band at its peak, said the country had lost a very versatile musician who mentored many other artistes during his lifetime.
“Mudzingwa was a very loving man, and I can confess that he was my mentor,” Chipfumo said.
“He was very humble and he is one person who taught me how to play the guitar.”
Chipfumo said he had worked with Mudzingwa for five years under the tutelage of Portia Gwanzura, before Gwanzura and Mudzingwa relocated to the United Kingdom.
Mudzingwa is credited for discovering Chipfumo and facilitating his inclusion in Hohodza Band as well as mentoring him.
He is famed for his traditional music that saw him recording hits such as Chinyakare Makaisepi, Dzorai Moyo and Take Sure.
Mudzingwa died in hospital in Swansea, UK last week after suffering from an undisclosed illness.