Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
CHIKUPO Village nestled in the heart of Murewa District under Chief Mangwende comes under spotlight this Sunday when the much-anticipated unveiling of Tinei Chikupo takes place.
Chikupo – a departed yesteryear musician and dancer – was born on March 19 52 and died on September 22 1992 aged 40.
The energetic dancer and gifted composer was buried in his rural village but his grave was now in sorry state as a result of neglect.
However, it took the generosity of Jenaguru Arts Centre founder Clive Malunga who then decided to spruce up the grave by unveiling a state of the art mausoleum.
A statute of the late singer will also be erected at the graveyard.
In an interview with H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle, family spokesperson Fungai Chikupo said it was all systems go.
“We are grateful for the work that was done by Cde Malunga and his team to ensure that our father is honoured.
“He died more than 20 years ago and his grave was in a sorry state until Mr Malunga came and spruced up the place.
“All is now in place with the traditional leadership, local parliamentarians and chief’s representatives set to grace the event,” he said.
“In line with Government efforts to combat the spread of Covid-19, we will follow all the protocols and we are going to minimise the numbers.
“The event starts at 10 am ending around midday where people will be ordered to disperse.”
In another interview, Malunga said they were looking forward to a great day.
“The family is read to host us on Sunday after doing all the ground work to ensure that we honour Chikipo.
“As we promised, Secretary for Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Nick Mangwana is going to be our guest of honour.
“We have other partners like the Culture Fund representative along with Nyaradzo Holdings and the National Arts Council bosses who are set to grace event.
“We are only doing this to ensure that we give our legends the honour they deserve. Afterwards, we won’t stop there as we are to do more for other artistes,” he said.
Malunga said Chikupo’s mentors Jackson Phiri and Shepherd Chinyani will also grace the event.
Mbira dzeNharira group is set to perform at the event.
Chikupo rose to prominence in Norton where he made waves as a great dancer before settling in Mverechena.
It was the Mverechena stint that saw him exchange notes with the likes of the late Simon Chimbetu and his younger brother Naison.
He also rubbed shoulders with the likes of John Chibadura Shepherd Chinyanyi and Cephas Karushanga who were resident at Mverechena Business Centre.
During his stint in Domboshava, Chikupo reportedly met the likes of Motion Dzumbunu, which saw the birth of Mawonera Stars.
Sadly, he died in 1992 aged 40 when many of his fans and mentors thought he was now his own man.
A darling of many at his peak, Chikupo once stayed and worked with the Nicholas Zakaria in his last days before he died.