VICTOR Kunonga says his camp still misses their late drummer Denis Mushaishi.
He died in December last year.
Mushaishi, who worked with Kunonga for 17 years, died after a short illness.
He was 36.
During his funeral wake, the jazz community hailed the drummer as rare talent and a dedicated artist.
And, three months after Mushaishi’s death, Kunonga says the void he left is being felt.
“Denis’ death was not only a blow to us who worked with him but a huge loss to the entire industry.
“He was committed to work and he served me for 17 years and it was quite a long journey together.
“When he got ill, we were convinced he was going to make it and we did our best to save him but he lost his battle, which was beyond our control,” he said.
The Band Peace leader pledged to continue assisting Mushaishi’s mother and widow.
“We are always in touch with Denis’ widow and family as we want to create a special bond with them.
“We are going to make a concerted effort to continue helping them.
“As a band, we still miss the special moments we had with Denis during tours,” he said.
Music wise, Kunonga – a fitness jazz crooner – promised fans a series of shows and new music.
“As musicians, we have been strong and moved on despite losing one of the assets we had in the group.
“He was a vital cog who served us with distinction but we need to carry on with the job.
“We have been holding quite a number of live shows in and around the capital with a number of corporates coming on board.”
Buoyed by his new partnership with The Glenlivet, Kunonga has been holding a series of shows at upmarket venues along with rising stars.
In line with Women’s Month, Kunonga has been promoting female artists by roping them for collaborations and joint shows.
On Friday, he shares the stage with Feli Nandi and Shekinah at The Venue in Avondale.
After the Friday affair, he is set to perform at the Francophone Week commemorations at Alliance Francaise.
With Women’s Month coming to an end, female artists are set to dominate more shows this weekend.