Thomas Mapfumo has added his voice to those calling for Dickson Chingaira Makoni popularly known as Cde Chinx Chingaira to be a declared a national hero. Chingaira died at West End Hospital in Harare after succumbing to cancer.
Mapfumo’s publicist, Blessing Vava, said:
On behalf of Dr Thomas Mapfumo and Chimurenga Music Company we send our heartfelt condolences to the Chingaira family and the entire nation on the sad loss of Cde Chinx. We salute and honour the selfless sacrifice he made during the war of liberation, using his music to inspire the guerrilla fighters in Mozambique.
His was not the gun, but his powerful lyrics oiled the struggle and motivation. We do hope that he will get the honour he deserves as a true national hero of our time. May his soul rest in peace
Sculptor and musician Bryn Taurai Mteki, popularly known as Sekuru Tau added:
We should at least now show the world that the National Heroes’ Acre is not for politicians, but heroes from across the body. Let’s celebrate the life of our heroes, Cde Chinx is not forgettable, is a true music hero, all the music we sing today came from their generation.
Dick Chingaira Makoni popularly known in the music circles as Cde Chinx was a revolutionary musician and song-writer. He is considered to be one of the greatest musicians to come out of Zimbabwe. He is known for his revolutionary music which include songs such as "Africa", "Hondo Yeminda" and "Mabhunu". Read More
Thomas Tafirenyika Mapfumo, also known by his nicknames "Mukanya" or "gandanga", (born 2 July 1945) is a Zimbabwean Chimurenga music singer, songwriter who is based in the USA. Mapfumo is one of Zimbabwe's top musicians. His genre of music is called Chimurenga (Shona for Revolution ) and many of his songs comment on socio-political issues. Since 2001, Mapfumo went on a self-imposed exiled in the United States of America claiming his family could be harmed by the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) government. His music career spans decades having started in the early 60s. Read More
Chimurenga is a Shona word which means revolution. In Zimbabwe, the word is normally used to refer to 3 revolutions: THe First Chimurenga - First war of liberation The Second Chimurenga - Second war of liberation that started around 1966 and last until 1980 at Zimbabwe's independence. The war is estimated to have cost more than 30,000 lives. The Third Chimurenga - War veteran led land invasions that started in the late 90s into the early 00s. Read More