Moyo, who had 14 albums to his credit including the love hit song Naye, had a huge base of fans who today flooded his home in their thousands from as far as Harare, Bulawayo and Kwekwe town itself where he lived and rose to stardom as a national celebrity.
Amongst the mourners, who braved the sweltering summer heat here, were Information and Technology minister, who is also an MDC-T legislature Nelson Chamisa, including Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu, who is also a Zanu-PF representative in the House of Assembly.
The list of musicians, who paid homage to Moyo, included his own best friend Somandhla Ndebele and Alick Macheso, Sulumani Chimbetu, Charles Charamba, Albert Nyathi, Chase Skuza and Josephat Somandhla. Radio and television personalities also attended.
Moyo had been ill for some time after doctors detected the cancer in his blood before they broke even more worse news to him that tumours were developing in his brain including kidney failure.
As a result of his condition Moyo had stopped performing while his son Peter (23) had taken over the reins as leader of his father’s Utakataka Express Band where he was struggling to fit into the shoes of the senior Moyo.
“Macheso (Alick) will continue with sungura music but the genre will no longer be the same without Tongai. He was flamboyant and an entertainer of great note,” said a fan of Moyo’s in a testimonial message. Moyo is survived by a wife and several children.