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Musicians mourn Mabaleka

THE death of renowned music producer and footballer Tymon Mabaleka has plunged Zimbabwe’s entertainment and football fraternities into mourning.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

Mabaleka, who was a producer at Gramma Records and Zimbabwe Music Corporation, died at the age of 65 on Friday afternoon at the Avenues Clinic after a short illness.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Besides being a music producer, Mabaleka was also a footballer who once played for Highlanders and the Zimbabwe national team.

Social networks were yesterday inundated with condolence messages from fellow producers, artistes and footballers who paid reverence to the popular producer-cum footballer.

Diamond Studios marketing manager John Muroyi said the nation had lost a talented producer.

“We have lost a talented producer who had changed the music fraternity with his skills. May his soul rest in peace,” Muroyi said.

Thomas Mapfumo’s publicist Blessing Vava said they were shocked by the passing on of Mabaleka.

“Chimurenga Music Company is deeply saddened by the passing of one of our greatest music producers Tymon Mabaleka. We send our deepest condolences to his family, colleagues, the music fraternity and the nation at large on this sad loss,” he said.

“Tymon remains one of the greatest music producers of our time whose outstanding contribution to the music industry will forever be cherished. The music industry will forever be indebted to his selfless contribution, sharing his skills, assisting hundreds of musicians he worked with as a producer.”

Sungura musician Sulumani Chimbetu said, “I want to pay my condolences to his family on this sad day.”

Mabaleka worked with an array of musicians, among them Mapfumo, Lovemore Majaivana, the late Solomon Skhuza, Shepherd Chinyani, the Vhuka Boys and Leonard Zhakata.

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