By Tafara Chikumira
Sungura Legend Leonard Dembo had a befitting silver jubilee celebration following the unveiling of a state of the art tombstone at his rural home in Chaka Chrumanzu over the weekend.
It was entertainment galore as people thronged the Dembo Homestead to celebrate the life of Barura Express Front-man Leonard Dembo 25 years on.
Engraved with a picture of the Chitekete hit maker’s face, the tombstone is mounted with a replica of a guitar at the top to signify the trademark of the legendary artist.
Morgan and Tendai who are the late legend’s sons kept guests on their feet as they churned out hit after hit showing that the late Sungura King’s legacy is in safe hands.
This homestead looked like an abandoned structure before. I told myself that I had to raise the kids first as they were left while they were very young. I knew that once they grew, they would help us spruce up the place. Now as you can see, they have grown and the signs are there for all to see. I want to thank you all for making the house of my late husband a dignified place to rest,she said.
Midlands Provincial Arts, Promotions and Development Administrator Mr Reward Shockson spoke on the contributions by Dembo to develop the music industry in the country which will forever be cherished.
I want to assure you that had the late Leonard Dembo died in the era of second Republic, this function should have been held at the national heroes acre. Who can forget the great jam Chitekete. In 1996, the song was used at the world beauty pageant puting the country on the globe as a music power house. He worked to help us recover in many ways. Music soothes the soul and can heal psychologically,he said.
Leonard Musowenyoka Dembo is remembered for some of his hit songs like Chitekete, Tinokumbira kurarama and Mazano among others.