Prolific writer Chenjerai Hove remembered

LOCAL artistes drawn from a variety of disciplines on Saturday honoured the late veteran novelist and poet Chenjerai Hove who died in exile in Norway in July.

The event, which was organised by Hove’s family and friends, saw the screening of a documentary on Hove’s life and literary works.

Family spokesperson, Ray Mawerera said: “A wonderful time was had by all. We went down memory lane and ideas began to flow about what a force a united body of artistes can be.”

The late Chenjerai Hove
The late Chenjerai Hove

Mbira princess, Hope Masike and Chimurenga musician, Jairosi Chabvonga gave a top-notch double performance.

Renowned poet, Chirikure Chirikure, who was Hove’s friend, said the memorial was organised to honour the late prolific writer’s contributions to the local and international arts scene.

“We are celebrating our brother, his life, his achievements,” he said. “He left us a legacy.”

The late author’s son, Jabulani “J Boss” Hove — who is also a Star FM presenter — said he got to know his father better from other artistes’ tributes.

“We are thankful that the man came into our lives, gave life to me and then you see all these people telling you certain things you never knew about your own father and then you say to yourself, oh no wonder he never gave me his full attention because he was all sorts of things to many people,” he said.

Hove, who was increasingly disillusioned by President Robert Mugabe’s autocratic rule, left the country in 2001 for Norway after harassment from the authorities. — New Zimbabwe/Arts Reporter

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