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Record label pays tribute to late artiste

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ROCKS Records has produced a song in honour of artiste Takunda ‘Dada’ Deve — affectionately known as I-Ancient — who died in a hit-and-run accident in November last year.

BY VANESSA GONYE

Takunda was the son of the late veteran journalist, arts critic and human rights activist Thomas Deve.

His manager, Admire Maramba, told NewsDay Life & Style that the late budding artiste was very talented and his death was a huge blow as they had an unfinished album project.

He said they were forced to rope in some musicians under the record label to complete one of his songs in his honour, using the chorus he did during his last days.

“We did a track, which has a chorus he did before he died. On his album, he had done a song titled Nhai Pasi, which talks about death, where he was narrating how death could take away our loved ones when we least expect it,” Maramba said.

He said the song appeared to reflect on Takunda’s death ahead of time, which is why they decided to finish it off posthumously.

“We got artistes to blend verses and used the chorus which he had done. His music is all we are left with and we will make it available so people can listen to this stolen talent. We celebrate his life with this special track, Nhai Pasi, which we have produced as a tribute to him,” he said.

Fellow musician King Beat, who also contributed to the song, said Takunda’s death still haunted them as it had robbed the industry of promising talent.

“I-Ancient was very talented. It’s unfortunate he had to depart soon. He was set to bring a new dimension to the dancehall arena with his music, which had an international touch to it,” he said.

Takunda was hit by an unidentified motorist who took him to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in his car purpotedly for treatment, but subsequently abandoned him at the hospitals’ casualty area before leaving under the ruse that he wanted to remove his car from the receiving bay.

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