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Leta��s celebrate our legends while they live

Nkululeko Nkala

Trust me, my fingers are itching to write about the whole mafia issue and how ita��s a waste of peoplea��s time. In fact, I would have written to the attention seeking vehicle drivers who do not seem to want to add weight to their claims, but no, I wona��t indulge in petty industry politics.

There is a more serious issue at hand, a dark cloud hangs all over Bulawayo if not Zimbabwe as a whole.

A legend has passed on. I am talking one of the pioneers of the local sports and arts industry promotions. Not an accident that he is father to two of the best event organisers Jomo Mhone and Archie Mhone. We have lost a promoter, band manager and entrepreneur in Hudson Kawowa Mhone. He was popularly known to many as HK.

Born on 4 February 1933 in Tanzania, HK Lived in Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He passed on here in Bulawayo on Tuesday, 5 June 2018.

I am caught in between sadness and joy as I write this piece. Just last week at the Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards I was lucky to be introduced to the then living legend by Jomo himself. The Mhone family was actually going to throw him a celebratory event with most of those who he touched.

In a message I got from one of our groups with Jomo Mhone he wrote a�?It all really came as a shock to us. Had brought him to watch the BAA event so he could see how we celebrate ourselves now.a�?

He was the first black promoter in Rhodesia to do international shows, bringing in uMahlathini and the Mahotella Queens, the Hurricanes, his own brothera��s band (Dick Khoza and Jonas Gwangwa).

He promoted his own bands Echoes Limpopo Jazz Band, Wells Fargo, Eye of Liberty, Ebony Sheik, Defenders, Kalumbu Makaya and several other start-ups.

He trained probably one of the most aggressive promoters of post independent Zimbabwe Jeffrey JJ Chavhunduka, and others such as David Madhamara Ncube and Felix Matsika.

He mentored Lovemore Majaivana, Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mapfumo. On the contemporary side he also mentored Louis Mhlanga, Jethro Shasha and literally fathered George Phiri.

In boxing, he trained and promoted Philip Striker, Jay Nardo, Brown Bomber, Cedric Green, Langton Schoolboy and the heavy weight champion Walter Ringo Starr.

We had meant to honour him at the end of the month and had asked all these luminaries to just bless him and this happened!

It is a sad loss for us guys! And it underlines the need for us to celebrate each other while we can because post-humously is a lost message but a lesson for us.a�?

I am sure I speak for all when I say Rest in Peace HK. As alluded to by Jomo, lets celebrate each other while we are still well and alive.
Until next week, be safe . . . @nkuenkala 0772214373