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Legendary singer Cephas Mashakada dies

Legendary Zimbabwean singer Cephas Mashakada has died in the intensive care unit at Chitungwiza Central Hospital after a kidney failure. The 51 year old Sounds of the Muddy Face frontman, collapsed at his Chitungwiza home.

Legendary Zimbabwean singer Cephas Mashakada
Legendary Zimbabwean singer Cephas Mashakada

Mashakada was said to be seriously ill and only his wife Eunice and Minister of Media, Information and Publicity Webster Shamu had access to see him several days ago.

Even the dreadlocked artiste’s close relatives, who include his mother Fredresi, a young brother and uncle were denied access. Relatives were seen milling outside the hospital after being denied entry also a few days ago.

The hospital chief executive officer Obadiah Moyo, who is also a renal expert, said Mashakada died as a result of complications arising from diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, pneumonia and kidney failure. 

Earlier a distraught Eunice was at pains to explain her husband’s condition and appealed to the nation to rally behind her through prayer and financial support. “His diabetic condition has worsened. It’s now more than just diabetes. The doctors said he developed a kidney failure, which has worsened the situation.

“He is indeed sick to the extent that only Minister Shamu and myself are allowed to see him. As you can see, all these are his relatives from Chinhoyi who have been here all day but can’t see him,” she said before her husband eventually succumbed to the complications. Eunice expressed gratitude to people who have been supporting her.

“I am always here and some of his close associates, fellow musicians and friends including Minister Shamu, Nicholas Zakaria, Gift Amuli and Macheso’s wife Nyadzisai are always coming to give me a shoulder to lean on,” she said.

Eunice said Minister Shamu and the chief executive officer of the hospital Dr Obadiah Moyo were footing part of the hospital bills. “They have been assisting in footing his bills, but I am still appealing to the nation to extend a helping hand through prayer and any necessary support.

“I am always praying to have my husband back home,” Eunice had said before Mashakada died. Mashakada had one of his legs amputated in 2006 owing to his diabetic condition. The fiery lead guitarist is among artistes who performed to raise funds for Chitungwiza Central Hospital during the institution’s Benefit Concert.

Mashakada recorded 15 albums in a career spanning three decades. He released Nyaradzo Yakaitwa in 2004, his best selling album to date. Samson, a hit song off the album, won best song at the 2005 Zimbabwe Music Awards.

In the latter part of his career he began reworking popular church hymns such as Basa Ndasiya Ndapedza, Mharidzo, Zvapupu, Nyaradzo Yakaitwa and Samson Haana Mhosva which returned him to the big time.

  • M. H. S. R. I. E. P

  • Rest In Peace Moto Muzhinzhi……..

  • Nickson Chifamba

    R.I.P mashakada. Zvino ticharidzirwa magitare nani kwaMubaira kwaMajoni hotel paChristmas.

  • John Mugariri

    NdiMwari vazvironga.

  • zorora murugare zisamson

  • Ah ZhkuSAMSON..pity man.

  • Asiya asina kuoneka iye mushakabvu I lyk the song RIP

  • Veduwe musadaro, rufu ka.uru.

  • Zvavaronga hatirambe ivo mwari shem-shem 4 Mashakada

  • Kanoyangwat

    Rest in peace our hero, we will miss your unique voice, lead guitar and the artistic expertise par excellence. Since childhood, i have always been your fan till the time our good lord called you home. Once more, rest in peace Moto Muzhinji. To those who have stood by the Mashakada family during the difficult times when they needed you most, i ask the lord above to honour you and extend your time on this world because you have all the reason to live longer, God bless. My condolence goes to the Mashakada family and Zimbabweans at large. We have lost a talented musician, RIP brother

  • Dabexservices

    mwari vaita kuda kwavo VaMashakada zororai murugare

  • Gawu26

    R.I.P.  a big hole in Zim Music

  • rest in peace vamashakada.mwari vaita kuda kwavo.

  • rest in peace big man.mwari vaita kuda kwavo.tinovimba tichaonana zvekare.

  • princesaw

    rest dear father, brother and adviser, mwari waita kuda kwake, i will neva forget the legacy you left

  • Chichie Brendah Blahim


  • to the mashakada family, relatives, friends and the nation at large we have lost a great musician,a great hero. we will miss yo voice and advices. rest in peace musharukwa. we will play your songs kusvika kare. to all beloved ones ngatichemei tiinetariro

  • noel dondo

    Rest in peace Cephas

  • Starwenmatanda

    Rest in peace dear friend, father and preacher.We will always miss you although your teachings will leave forever.We are in deep sorrow,hope we will have the good time again together.