Daiton Somanje Given Hero's Send-Off

Pengaudzoke frontman Daiton Somanje, who started his music career with younger brother Josphat in the 80s, was on Thursday given a hero’s send-off as top musicians, politicians and fans attended his burial at Meki Cemetery in Marondera. 

Musicians Charles Charamba, Leonard Zhakata, Albert Nyathi, Alick Macheso, Freddy Manjalima, Sulumani Chimbetu, Somandla Ndebele and promoter Daniel Masaiti were some of the prominent personalities who came to pay their last respects to the late Daiton.

A service attended by men only was held at the Islamic Church in Cherima suburb before a long and winding convoy of vehicles formed up to the Mutare-Harare Highway to Daiton’s final resting place.

Women were also barred from witnessing the burial as per Islamic tradition with Islamic scholars saying that the move was meant to “purify” the body of the deceased.

Daiton (50), who succumbed to meningitis at Parirenyatwa Hospital on Tuesday, was also buried without a coffin as per Muslim rites.

Before the burial, speaker after speaker hailed Daiton’s Marondera-based first wife Annah Kezias for being there for the Somanje family. They said Kezias raised the late musician’s children while he was staying with another woman in Harare.

The Tsaona hitmaker’s Dzivarasekwa wife Esther Musango was largely snubbed by some of the family members until Arid Chilembwe, an Islamic scholar who was leading the proceedings, told the gathering that the musician’s religion accepted polygamy.

“I have heard people saying Daiton had many wives and all that, but the truth of the matter is that in Islam we do practice polygamy and these are all Daiton’s wives,” said Chilembwe.