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Bereaved Tongai Moyo returns to the stage

Musician Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo, who recently lost his wife Barbara, will return to the stage on June 4, at the Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex. The show, dubbed “World Cup Fever Bash”, will have superstar Oliver Mtukudzi, Sulumani Chimbetu and Alexio on the same bill. Show promoter Patson “Chipaz” Chimbodza confirmed yesterday that Dhewa is one of the big names lined up for the gig.

“We are warming up to the World Cup soccer showcase and we thought it would be exciting to celebrate together. We are delighted that Tongai will be joining us on stage. It will be his first show after the passing-on of his wife,” Chipaz said. There would be prizes to give away to lucky fans including soccer balls and cellphones.

However, the focus will be on Dhewa who besides still mourning his late wife, last performed in the satellite town early this year. His return to stage will help to cheer him up as he has been going through a rough patch in his life. His followers will be looking forward to the song “Zvinoita Murudo” where he talks of his wife. He must have composed the song when the late Barbara had gone to the United Kingdom.

In the song, Dhewa hints that his wife meant everything to him and that looking after the family during her absence was a challenge. He urges his wife to come back, be with the children and to continue loving him. The melody is soulful and the video depicts loneliness and it is at this time that he needs the support of his fans more than anything else.

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Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and ICT Minister Nelson Chamisa console Tongai Moyo

Besides “Zvinoita Murudo”, the Murozvi Mukuru hitmaker will probably spice up his act with the up-tempo hits that fans have come to enjoy at his shows. The youthful acts of Alexio Kawara and Sulumani Chimbetu are an assurance that the gig will end in the early hours of the morning as the two serenade fans after Tuku and Dhewa. Alexio is a crossover musician who appeals to both the young and the old.

There is no denying the fact that live music is the way to go for those who are still doing backtracks. Another boy wonder is Sulu, who besides drawing his inspiration from his late father Simon Chimbetu, is now his own man. He has steadily grown from strength to strength attracting scores of fans to his live shows. The show is a collaborative effort between Josh Hozheri of Jazz 105 and Chipaz Promotions.