A solemn atmosphere engulfed Warren Hills Cemetery on Wednesday morning as hundreds of people from all walks of life who included musicians and music fans bade farewell to the Afro jazz icon, Dumi Ngulube who died at Howard Mission Hospital in Chiweshe on Monday.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Director of Sport and Recreation, Mrs Vinah Khimbini, the Deputy Minister of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture, Cde Lazarus Dokora said the arts industry has lost a disciplined andÂ dedicated musician who wanted to see the genre of Afro-jazz music uplifted in Zimbabwe.
Affectionately known simply as Dumi in the local music fraternity, Dumisani Ngulube was one of the most popular male jazz singers in Zimbabwe.
In his lifetime, he won the National Arts Merit Award and worked with a number of renowned and upcoming jazz artists and contributed immensely to the music industry.
Various speakers paid tribute to a humble musician, a teacher, father and mentor whose audiences were as diverse as his vocal range.Â
In fact, many of them had just one binding factor in common – they all loved Dumi and his music.
Among those who thronged Warren Hills Cemetery were officials from the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, Zimbabwe College of Music, Zimbabwe Music Rights Association, representatives from local record companies, Zimbabwe Union of Musicians, Zimbabwe Music Awards committee members and members of the Anglican Church.
While many of his fans would continue to hear his voice through his songs, his presence live on the stage will sadly be missed.Â
Dumi died on Monday after a severe headache on his way back from Howard Mission Hospital in Chiweshe, where he had gone to seek treatment.