Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
TINEI Chikupo’s family is on cloud nine after fellow musician, former freedom fighter and researcher Clive Malunga lived to his words as they unveiled the late crooner’s mausoleum over the weekend.
The event, which attracted high profile Government officials and fellow musicians, was held in Chikupo Village under the Chief Mangwende.
Chikupo – a revered yesteryear musician and dancer – was born on March 19 52 and died on September 22 1992 aged 40.
However, his grave was in a bad state which Jenaguru Arts Centre founder Malunga to spruce up the place.
In an interview with H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle, family spokesperson Fungai Chikupo could not his elation.
“As a family we are grateful that we Cde Malunga has honoured our father Tinei Chikupo.
“To be honest, we had not capacity to do what he has done and having top Government officials gracing the event was an honour.
“I’m at a loss for words to thank Mr Malunga for what he has done for the family.
“We just hope that God will continue blessing him,” he said.
“From Cde Malunga’s gesture, we have also learnt the importance of documenting our history for future generations.
“To be honest with you documenting our history still remains a priority and we are grateful as a family to be remembered this way.”
In another interview Malunga said he was now focusing on the Biggie Tembo’s tombstone after the Chikupo’s mausoleum.
“I won’t stop here but I am already in the process of setting up the Biggie Tembo’s tombstone.
“I was shocked when I travelled to his burial site and noted that it was in bad state.
“Biggie Tembo Chikupo was a great musician who touched hearts of many with his music.
“Surely, we can afford to ignore such people who made an impact during their lifetime,” he said.
Malunga who has been working with various stakeholders including Government, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and the Culture Fund, said he was ready to rope in new partners.
“We will continue working with all the partners and ensure that all the yesteryear musicians are remembered.
“Like I indicated, our next project is the Biggie Tembo tombstone after engaging the family.
“The Chikupo family has been cooperating from day one and we hope the same with the Biggie Tembo family,” he added.
Meanwhile, traditional groups performed at the event which attracted traditional leaders and villagers.