Nyabinde to be buried on Boxing Day

The family of veteran jazz singer Bob Nyabinde has released the funeral programme and said he will be buried on Boxing Day in Kwekwe.

Nyabinde, affectionately known as “The Headmaster” in music circles, died on Saturday afternoon on his way to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare.

The “Chabuda Hapana” singer has not been well for some time, following his diagnosis with diabetes in 2018 which greatly affected his eyesight.

Three years later, he suffered a stroke which affected his music career.

He was 68 years old and is survived by two sons and five grandchildren.

Nyabinde’s son Agga confirmed the latest developments. “He died on his way to the hospital at 5pm,” he said.

“Baba had not fully recovered from the stroke which also affected his eyesight.”

“We are going to bury him on Boxing Day in Kwekwe. Mourners are gathered at 1096/16 Mbizo, Kwekwe.”

Meanwhile, condolences messages have continued to pour from all corners as most people, including those in the arts fraternity have described Nyabinde as a noble and humble personality.

Dendera musician Sulumani Chimbetu said was devastated with the news of the passing of Nyabinde.

“I am saddened to hear about the passing of the legendary Baba Bob Nyabinde.”

“Your contributions to the arts industry and the love you shared with everyone will always be remembered. May your soul rest in peace,” he said.

Seasoned guitarist Munya Mataruse shared his eulogy on social media and described how Nyabinde was “The Headmaster,” for real.

“Bob Nyabinde was a maestro of music and a craftsman of guitars,” he said.

“Most guitars at Pakare Paye Arts Centre passed through his hands, as he selflessly repaired them for free. His love for music extended to nurturing young musicians, he always ensured that we had some perfect guitars all the time.”

“Other guitarists in Zimbabwe will testify to this. You would often hear him say, “tione gitare rako.” After playing it, he’d advise, “Your strings are too high; it’s not good for your guitar to be continuously played like this”, bring it to the shop for some adjustments.”

Mataruse said Nyabinde’s sense of humour was immense, even in song writing.

“That element is evident in his songs. Ahhhh zvakaoma! Go well Bob Nyabinde Rest in peace, #maestro.”

Afro-fusion artiste and the founder of the Qaya Foundation Mentorship Initiatives, musician Willis Wataffi thanked Nyabinde for the time on earth as he learned a lot from him. “Yah this one right here cuts deep. A sad loss indeed, nhai abiyangu ndoozvamafunga izvi? Agga T Nyabinde I don’t know what to say, I’m gutted. Thank you for the memories Sir Bob Nyabinde,” he posted.

Local pharmaceutical company Booties Pharmacy, also remembered Nyabinde with a special message.

“In loving memory of Bob Nyabinde: A revered headmaster, a melodious musician, a devoted father, and a cherished customer at our Booties Pharmacies Store. May his legacy of education, music, and family live on. Rest in peace, Headmaster.”

Stage manager cum author Marshall Shonhai paid his tribute.

“Jazz sensation Bob ‘The Headmaster’ Nyabinde has died after a long illness. Condolences to Agga Nyabinde and the whole family. Tiri mubindu chaimo.”

Singer Mbeu described Nyabinde as a fatherly figure.

“Heartbroken to hear the news of Bob Nyabinde passing. You’ll be missed forever our Dad, Our Mentor. Your legacy will forever live on. Rest in peace Our Dad.”

Apostle Pride Sibiya, said, “The Headmaster! The legend! The guru! Rest well Tata Bob Nyabinde. Zim music will never be the same! “. . . Asi chabuda hapana!”

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