Macheso’s granny dies
SUNGURA giant Alick Macheso said he is celebrating the life of his grandmother who died in Shamva Thursday morning.
Machesoâ€™s grandmother, Zhuneya Bandera, passed on in Shamva where she had been staying.
She was 105.
The musician, however, believes it is time to celebrate than mourn since it is rare for one to live to that old age.
Speaking to H-Metro through his uncle-cum-manager, Lucky Macheso, the singer said though his family is bereaved, there is also need to cherish the life they have been together with their grandmother.
â€œItâ€™s sad, we have lost someone special to the family but I believe it is time to celebrate,â€ said Macheso.
Macheso, who was nurtured by the late Mbuya Macheso, said his granny managed to see three generations from her children.
â€œI am happy because I managed to do some of the things that my heart was yearning for. Other children are failing to do good things for their parents or grandparents because they die early.
â€œBut as for me I did a lot though somehow I feel that I was yet to achieve my target. I learnt a lot of things from her and I am justified to celebrate,â€ he said.
Macheso grew up with his late granny in Shamva while his mother was working in surrounding farms and Harare suburbs as a domestic worker.
He started his musical career while staying with the late Mbuya Macheso who, according to him, was a pillar of strength.
In an interview with this reporter before her death, the late granny once said she used to move around with Macheso when he was still a young boy.
She said they would go for various gatherings (society dances) surrounding their farm and they would entertain people with their banjos.
She said she is the one who taught the sungura kingpin how to play a banjo.
Mbuya Macheso had six children (two now late) and an estimated 150 grandchildren.
She will be buried this afternoon at her homestead in Mapuranga Village under chief Musana.