Godwin Muzari Arts Editor
The late Leonard Dembo’s fans are a united family. Almost 22 years after the death of the great music legend, the fans have shown that his music has kept them together. That is what good music does.
As a sign of honour to their departed legend, the fans brought smiles to Dembo’s mother when they treated her to a memorable festive season. Music followers from various parts of the country bought Christmas and New Year groceries for Mbuya Dembo and took the donation to her home in Beatrice.
She could not believe it. She was overwhelmed because the recent donation was a third handover of groceries and other goods in 2017 since The Herald broke the story of her plight early last year. The story titled “Sad Story of Dembo’s Mother” that was published in The Herald on March 24, 2017 opened gates of blessings for Mbuya Dembo.
Dembo’s fans and other well-wishers responded by availing donations of groceries, clothes and other goods to her. Two groups travelled on separate occasions in April to hand over the donations. When Mbuya Dembo thought she had received enough from her son’s fans, they surprised her again just before Christmas and the event had all colours of celebration.
The old lady always defies her age when she celebrates and she dances like a young woman. She danced her way into the festive season as she ululated and thanked the fans for remembering her in a special way in 2017.
“I thought you had gone forever. I thought what you did on the previous two occasions was enough. I am surprised. This was a great year for me. Thank you my children. God will bless you. I will celebrate Christmas and New Year in a special way,” said Mbuya Dembo.
One of the fans who was part of the team, Nobert Chifamba said they will continue supporting Mbuya Dembo.
“It is encouraging to see how Dembo’s fans are responding to Gogo’s plight. It shows that besides enjoying his music, we also care about the person who gave birth to a legend. The fans have promised to keep assisting whenever they can and it is encouraging. I salute Dembo’s fans and encourage them to keep on with the good work,” said Chifamba.
Dembo’s fans have planned better things for Mbuya Dembo including building a house for her and making sure that she gets periodic supplies of her needs. They are planning another visit in April and have already started to mobilise resources towards the cause. They have also implored Dembo’s sons Tendai and Morgan to be part of the project that is likely to change their grandmother’s life.