Rodger Mbambo burial to­day

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FOR­MER Ilanga lead gui­tarist Rodger Mbambo who died on Sun­day will be buried to­day at Lu­veve Ceme­tery in Bu­l­awayo. Mbambo (59) died at his fam­ily home in Makokoba af­ter a long ill­ness.

Fam­ily spokesper­son Brian Chi­romo said his un­cle’s church ser­vice would be held this morn­ing at Fam­ily Fu­neral Ser­vices (along 4th Av­enue and Her­bert Chitepo) in the city.

“The ser­vice will be held at 10:30AM at the fu­neral par­lour. Af­ter speak­ers give their words of en­cour­age­ment, the fu­neral pro­ces­sion will head to Lu­veve Ceme­tery for burial,” said Chi­romo.

Mbambo, who had been ill for some time, died on Sun­day af­ter­noon af­ter hav­ing drifted in and out of con­scious­ness. He is sur­vived by his wife, daugh­ter and granddaughter.

The tal­ented artiste, who started play­ing the guitar when he was 10 years old, be­gan his pro­fes­sional mu­sic ca­reer when he joined Bu­l­awayo jazz group Eye of Lib­erty in 80s. Af­ter a brief stint there, Mbambo moved to Harare where he joined Ilanga in 1986. The highly suc­cess­ful group com­prised Andy Brown, Don Gumbo (both late) and Busi Ncube.

Af­ter three years, the group split and Mbambo left with Busi Ncube when she formed Rain. He played with her for 12 years un­til she left for over­seas in 2001. There­after, he worked as a ses­sion gui­tarist with no­table mu­si­cians such as Oliver Mtukudzi, Dino Mudondo and Andy Brown.-Twit­ter @bon­ganinkunzi

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