Sam Mutukudzi Emotional Send Off

Sam, 21, who was a music superstar was buried side by side by his friend at Warren Hills on Wednesday afternoon.

Thousands of Zimbabweans from all walks of life thronged the cemetery for an emotional send off of the two friends.

Oliver Mutukudzi and his wife Daisy were among the many speakers at the grave side.

Oliver, a legendary muscian and icon, broke into a church song, joined by Zex Manatsa, Media and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu.

Sam and Owen went to school together and had been friends since then. They worked in the same group – Sam as the singer of the band and Owen as the sound engineer.

Oliver Mutukudzi said he and his family had reached the decision not to bury Sam at their rural home in Madziwa, in Zimbabwe’s northern Mt Darwin districts, so his son could rest next to his friend.

Meanwhile USA based Thomas Mapfumo has called and spoken with Mutukudzi conveying his condolences. The Mutukudzi’s family website said among others who called were Ringo Madlingozi, Judith Sephuma and Mzwake Mbuli. Alick Macheso and his wife stayed over night consoling the Mutukudzi family. Many artists, corporate and business chiefs were currently visiting the Mutukudzi residence.

The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, the board of the Zimbabwe Music Rights Association, Pamberi Trust and Trade Finance Consulting had also sent official condolences to the Mutukudzi family.

The chairperson of Pakare Paye Arts Centre, Nicodimus Manyame, issued a statement on behalf of the board.

“The death of Sam and Owen is shocking to their families, the center and Ay Band. Sam has left a deep void in the board. We will miss Sam’s creative contributions and charm,” said Manyame.

Cheziya, Sam’s second album was set to be launched on April 1 to coincide with what would have been his 22nd birthday.