Godwin Muzari Life-style Editor
Leonard Dembo was a star whose experience was far forward of his contemporaries. His music nonetheless guidelines. The highest 40 charts that the majority radio stations introduced through the nation’s 40th independence celebrations proved that “Chitekete” remains to be the perfect tune after 1980.
Dembo was an awesome musician. He performed his half with proficiency and many individuals nonetheless bear in mind him for his greatness.
However the musician led a secretive life-style and plenty of have no idea a lot about his different aspect. He most well-liked to maintain most points about his life personal. His band members and different stakeholders within the music trade didn’t know a lot about his life.
In separate interviews this week, a number of the folks that labored and lived with Dembo shared their experiences in regards to the musician’s life-style.
Tendai Dembo (son)
“My father stored his household life away from the general public and he was good at separating his personal life from his career.
“He was an excellent household man who needed to see us blissful each time. I used to be nonetheless younger after I interacted with him, however I learnt many issues from how he dealt with the household points.
“He was a member of the Anglican church and each time he was not away for reveals, he would take us to church. We went with him to church after we stayed in Chitungwiza and even after we moved to Belvedere.
“Nevertheless, he was additionally conventional and he revered his roots and cultural beliefs. He took us to his rural dwelling many instances to make us perceive extra about our tradition.
“He needed his household to be blissful. He would purchase goodies each time he got here dwelling from excursions and we expectantly waited for his return when he was away. Most of our relations loved visiting us as a result of my father was a courteous man.
“He instructed us that we must always deal with his brothers as our actual fathers. I used to be younger, however I now perceive the significance of his method. Household ought to all the time come first in no matter we do.”
Eunice Dembo (widow)
“I don’t need to say a lot about Leonard in the mean time as a result of there have been deceptive tales about his life. All I can say is that he was a loving husband. He liked his household and his music. He liked his son Morgan a lot that he composed the tune “Vana Vanemazita” to point out his displeasure after I had totally overwhelmed the kid after mischief. I’ll say quite a bit within the close to future to right all misconceptions about Leonard’s life.”
Sukai Pasipadonya / Gogo Dembo (mom)
“My son liked me a lot. He liked his household, however he had his ideas about regarding different folks. He didn’t need folks to make the most of his shy character. He needed folks that revered his beliefs and choices.
“He would go to me nearly each week and he purchased groceries and meals for me. I all the time had new garments and sufficient meals on my desk. Different girls in my neighbourhood envied me due to the best way Leonard spoiled me.
“When he did reside reveals near our dwelling, he would come and take me to the gigs. He would introduce me on stage and showered praises on me. He didn’t need me to work and would all the time rent folks that helped me with family chores and discipline work”.
Pastor Charles Charamba (fellow musician)
“I met the late Dembo for the primary time at Chitungwiza City Centre about 4 years after its opening. I grew up fascinated by how organised his musical works have been. He stayed in Seke Unit Some time I resided in Unit M.
“Seeing him bodily for the primary time was one thing thrilling. I realised the person was slim, tall and creating a bald head. I used to be used to seeing an image of him placing on a hat on most album sleeves, however after I met him he had no hat.
“I met him extra usually the next years. He preferred to placed on well ironed shirts and would, usually, be having the collar straightened up. He stored higher buttons of his shirts open with a neck chain displaying on his chest. It was a precept for his shirts to be tightly tucked in.
“I by no means noticed him with formal sneakers. He could be recognizing trainers, principally of the Adidas label
“He was all the time by himself every time I met him. We as soon as met when he was shopping for two LPs (music albums) one in all which was a rhumba clollection from DRC, and the opposite one from PVP, a South African group that carried the favored tune ‘Inform me Why’. I requested him ‘So that you additionally purchase different musicians’ songs?’ and he easy stated: ‘Ehe tinotenga’ and proceeded together with his enterprise.
“He was naturally a ‘short-answer’ sort of particular person although I’d not need to declare to have identified him completely. In one of many cases I requested him why he didn’t shoot movies and he laughed it off with no clear reply.
“Throughout a few of his native live shows in Chitungwiza, he would take with him his household. I’d not attend these reveals that have been held in bars on account of my non secular ideas however I admired the truth that he actually needed his son Morgan to be nearer throughout such moments.”
Harmless Mjintu (band member)
“I joined Dembo when some guys who used to work with him had abandoned him. He was a person of few phrases, however he was accommodative. When you did effectively, he appreciated however he didn’t tolerate laziness. He was strict.
“Once we obtained into the studio, he needed every little thing to be achieved in accordance with his phrase.
“He was blissful after we did effectively. Nevertheless, he had an issue with fellow musicians that stated unhealthy issues behind his again and that’s the reason he was generally at loggerheads with a few of his fellow musicians.
“When he was at dwelling, he loved enjoyable with pals and having a time together with his guitar. You needed to be near him to achieve his belief and share extra time and phrases with him.”
Bothwell Nyamhondera (producer)
“The person liked his work and he got here to the studio effectively ready for his work. Nevertheless, he was short-tempered and would brazenly present his displeasure at anybody who appeared to disturb his work.
“Generally he would come to the studio able to document, however he would stop a session halfway if anybody angered him.
“He was so secretive and didn’t need to share his personal life with workmates. I used to have private relations with different musicians outdoors the studio, however Dembo stored our relationship skilled.
“He solely talked about music and nothing else. He was not occupied with different folks’s lives and he stored his life away from the general public.
“He had cultural and spiritual beliefs that he adopted strictly and nobody would sway him from his convictions.”
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