HARARE – Popular Botswana diva Slizer real name Naledi Kaisara is expected in the country today for the Tongai Moyo commemoration concerts slated for this weekend.
Gift Petro, Slizer’s manager confirmed the development saying the diva is currently rehearsing Moyo’s songs.
“Slizer is arriving in the country tomorrow (today) by road for three shows, that is Kwekwe, Chinhoyi, and Harare.
“Apart from performing her music, she is set to sing Dhewa’s popular songs during the commemoration event,” said Petro.
The event is starting in Kwekwe on Friday where Peter, son to the late Sungura ace, Slizer and Ronnie Mudhindo, the former Utakataka Express bassist are set to take fans down memory lane at Mbizo Stadium.
In Chinhoyi the event will be held at CSC on Saturday while the mega commemoration is pencilled for Harare Gardens on Sunday.
Moyo aka Dhewa succumbed to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — a type of cancer which affects the blood cells, on October 15 in 2011.
The Muchina Muhombe hit maker’s death compelled Peter by then only 22 to venture into the showbiz industry with the purpose of continuing the music legacy left.
When Peter took over as the leader of Utakataka Express, he virtually inherited everything — ranging from debts left by Tongai, to taking care of the family and property, though Moyo’s widow recently said the family is experiencing some challenges since her husband passed on.
Young Igwe, of course has managed to keep the legacy alive and as of now he is rated among the best sungura artistes in the country.
Dhewa started his musical journey in 1988 in Kwekwe before joining Shirichena Jazz band as a session musician.
He later formed Utakataka Express.
But he met a lot of criticism from the society, labelling him Leonard Dembo’s copycat but he forged on until he managed to create his own musical beat.
To neutrals, Moyo was a welcome relief; he reminded them of the inimitable Leonard Dembo while at the same time, announced his own beat with was laced with love and social lyrics.
He might not have been the social evangelist of Thomas Mapfumo’s calibre, but whenever he released an album — it often found its way to women’s hearts —a large constituency of his sungura music.
Even in death, he has many fans who continue to give testimony to his wonderful music, performed in typical fashion by well-dressed band members.