Ex-Ilanga lead gui­tarist buried

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FOR­MER Ilanga lead gui­tarist Rodger Mbambo, who died last Sun­day, was buried at Lu­veve Ceme­tery in Bu­l­awayo on Fri­day.

Mbambo died at the age of 59 at his fam­ily home in Makokoba af­ter a long ill­ness.

Fel­low mu­si­cian Dino Mudondo, who worked with Mbambo in the early 2000s, said he was shocked to hear of the death.

“I see him as a mu­si­cal fa­ther and I was so shocked when I heard that he died over the week­end. He helped me a lot and also got me gigs in Bu­l­awayo. We shall surely miss him,” said Mudondo.

Cape to Cairo pro­pri­etor Peter Mubi, who used to hold gigs fea­tur­ing Mbambo, said his death has left the mu­sic in­dus­try poorer.

“He was a jovial per­son who stood out in his craft. He was a very tal­ented per­son and he shall be sorely missed. Mu­si­cians are a dy­ing breed and DJs have taken over and Mbambo was one of those,” said Mubi.

Fam­ily spokesper­son Brian Chi­romo said he was grate­ful to all those who helped the fam­ily in their time of grief.

“The help we got from friends and rel­a­tives was very much needed. They gave us fi­nan­cial and emo­tional sup­port which made the time of griev­ing eas­ier,” said Chi­romo.

Mbambo, who had been ill for some time, died last week af­ter fall­ing sick dur­ing a church ser­vice.

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 was com­prised of 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.— @bon­ganinkunzi.

Pokello and her sons Nathan and Ju­nior Elikem-Tris­ten re­lax by the pool side re­cently

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