Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
GOSPEL musician and events management personality Amos Mahendere has described his late father as a mentor, teacher and unifier.
Paul Mahendere Senior succumbed to chest complication Monday urged 77.
Sekuru Mahendere, as the late praise and worship enthusiasts was fondly known, is survived by six children, several grandchildren and his widow.
Speaking to H-Metro yesterday, Amos said his father was diagnosed with chest pains six years ago but was unwilling to get operated.
“Our father has been suffering from chest complications since 2015 but he didn’t want to be operated.
“In 2017, he then roped in a personal doctor who has been monitoring him till his time of death.
“We will dearly miss him for the good work that he has done for us.
“We attempted to persuade him and have our father operated but he insisted that he didn’t want his body parts to be mutilated as he believed in God,” he said.
Amos said their departed dad played an important role in his career along with siblings Akim, Misheck and Minister Michael Mahendere.
“Our dad was the first person to teach us music as he helped us to get our first guitar which was a box guitar.
“He taught us to sing as well as composing song which we went on to excel years later.
“Our father was a unifier who taught us to love each other as siblings as well as instilling in us the seed of mentorship that we later passed on to others,” he said.
“As we mourn our dad, we will continue with the teaching that that he imparted in us.
“Our dad helped us to take care of each other and will keep his legacy alive.
“Music wise, my dad remains our source of inspiration that we will cherish for years to come.”
Under their father’s mentorship, Amos and his siblings managed to produce a number of successful albums among them Hupenyu Hwepanyika, Psalm 23 and The Good Shepherd.
Minister Mahendere has since left the family band to become his own man.
However, he still works with the original Mahendere Brothers on special occasion.
The year 2021 has started on a bad note for some musicians who lost their parents who played key roles in his career.
Hard working rapper King 98 who has collaborated with the continents finest lost his father Thompson Dondo on January 2.
Dondo was the Group CEO for Impala Car Rental among other business interests.
During the same week, rapper Desmond “Stunner” Chideme lost his mother Elizabeth Rose Chideme who died after s short illness.
Gogo Chideme was buried Monday in Mhondera.
The same applies to music promoter and prophet Passion Java who lost his mother Christine Rambanapasi.
Senator Rambanapasi was a senator at the time of his death.
To many, 2021 has started on a bad patch as we lost high profile figures.
With year 2020 equally bad, many had wished for the best in 2021 where another lockdown has been imposed while it is still in its infancy.