The Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Dr Chris Mushohwe has sent a condolence message to the Chingaira family following the death on Friday of Dick Chingaira, who was popularly known as Cde Chinx.

In a statement, Minister Mushohwe said he learnt with utter shock and sadness of the death of Cde Chinx, a renounced musician and freedom fighter.

“Cde Chinx was a rare breed of cadres who joined the struggle as a young man and played a critical role in the revolution through his music which served to mobilise and spur on freedom fighters and the people in the war against the racist Rhodesian regime. He was one of a few comrades who included Cde Mhere and Murehwa who had a talent to sing,” the Minister said.

Cde Chinx was among the best crop of singers and composed such songs as ‘Maruza Imi Vapambivepfumi,’ among others which inspired freedom fighters.

Dr Mushohwe said after independence, Cde Chinx’s themes encompassed Pan African values with such songs as ‘Vanhu Vose Vemu Africa,’ advocating for unity among Africans.

“When the government embarked on the land reform programme in 2000, Cde Chinx was one of the few musicians to embrace the struggle for land through music in songs contained in the Hondo Yeminda Volume 1 and 2 albums which he did with the police band. This happened at a time when many artists began demonising the government through their works, but Cde Chinx stood for the revolution,” said Dr Mushohwe, adding that his contribution as a freedom fighter and singer of revolutionary music before and after independence will be forever treasured and stand as a beacon for all patriotic Zimbabweans.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Cde George Charamba also described Cde Chinx as a great man who contributed immensely to the country before and after independence.

Speaking at the residence of the late legendary musician, Cde Charamba said: “the nation has lost a great man who served his country diligently before and after independence, adding that his music touched the lives of many. This is the reason why we preferred the late Cde Chinx to chronicle the story of Zimbabwe at musical galas organised by the ministry”.

Cde Charamba, who disclosed that he is the famous newspaper columnist, Nathaniel Manheru, in the Saturday Herald newspaper, said he gets his inspiration from Cde Chinx’s music.

Cde Chinx died at West End Hospital in Harare on Friday night after a long battle with cancer.

He is survived by two wives and 14 children.