By Richmore Tera.
Harare, Zimbabwe. (News of The South) – A workmate is playing some songs by the late Sam Mtukudzi.
The tracks, “Mweya” and “Ziya” particularly catch my ear.
“Mweya”, for instance, is easy in the way that it brings a tear or two rolling down my cheeks.
My workmate asks: “What’s wrong now, I mean the tears?” she asks, lowering the volume.
“It’s the music that you’re playing,” I reply with a sad smile. “It reminds of young Sam whose life was snuffed out like a candle.”
“Mweya” is a very evocative song and rather prophetic in foretelling the musician, Sam’s, death.
In it, Sam says (yes, he is still lingering here among us) people are born to meet and part.
He then talks about the sojourn of the spirit to the world above while the body is interred here on earth.
“Mweya, famba zvakanaka…” are part of the lyrics in the touching song. Listening to Sam’s voice today, it is surprising to note how fast it had mellowed into that of a burgeoning icon.
Icon indeed he was, born of another icon, the legendary superstar, Oliver Mtukudzi, his father.
Almost everyone who listens to that song “Mweya” today is convinced that Sam might have been singing about his impending death.
Then there is another gem of his, “Ziya” which encourages hard work, especially among today’s youths who have a tendency of expecting to be spoon-fed by their parents while they squander their precious time chasing the wind.
“Mai varamba rombe pamusha pano, kuti ugute wotoshanda zveziya…(translated to mean sweet comes from sweat),” are part of the lyrics.
Sam released the album “Cheziya” which bore the marks of how determined and poised he was to become a star of his own making.
With the inspiration of his great musician-father of course.
Then there were those two other albums, “Cheziya and “Misiirwa”.
Listening to his music today, what comes into my mind is my last encounter with him at Jazz 105 years back.
Sadly, today, both Jazz 105 are now history, gone, with Sam late and Jazz 105 having shut its doors. Will the doors ever be opened, maybe only after the Second Coming?
Sam was born on April 1, 1988 and died on March 15, 2010 in a car crash which also claimed the life of his friend and band member, Owen Chimhare. Sam fronted the band Ay.
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