BULAWAYO’S own, Don Williams, as visually impaired street musician, Tafirenyika Dube is popularly known, has appealed to well-wishers to assist him purchase an electric guitar after his tool of the trade was stolen on Saturday evening at Pioneer House.
BY LINDA CHINOBVA
A permanent feature in the city centre, the visually impaired Dube is well known for his renditions of Dolly Parton, Don Williams, Jimmy Reeves and Kenny Rodgers’ hit songs.
Dube told Southern Eye said that he was disheartened by the incident, which he described as a threat to his livelihood.
“I am very disturbed by this incident. How can someone be so mean and steal my guitar?” he queried.
“I need another guitar. Please help me get another guitar.”
The musician said he left his guitar and keyboard at the security counter at Pioneer House and did not understand how the guitar was
“I got here on Sunday morning as usual and I went to the security guard, who informed me it was stolen overnight. Unfortunately, the security guard, who told me of the theft, was not the one on duty the previous night,” he said.
“Of course, I am worried that this will affect my livelihood. I live off my music. Music is a part of me and without this guitar, I feel as if I am incomplete.”
Pioneer House caretaker, Samson Jele said he was aware that Dube’s guitar was stolen.
“It is true that Taffy lost his guitar on Saturday night. It is very unfortunate because we have been keeping his equipment here for years without any problem,” he said.
“The security guard on duty on the day in question said he did not see who stole the guitar, as he was patrolling in the building. That’s all he said to us.”
Jele said they had been trying to get hold of the security guard so they could go and file a police report.