RELEASED three decades ago, Leonard “Musorowenyoka” Dembo’s hit song Chitekete was on Independence Day voted greatest all-time song by Radio Zimbabwe listeners while Leonard Zhakata’s Mugove snatched the second most popular vote.
Dubbed Radio Zimbabwe Independence Top 40, the top 10 included songs; Kana Vatsvene (Machanic Manyeruke), KwaHunyani (Safirio Madzikatire), Kutonga Kwaro (Jah Prayzah), Madhuve (Alick Macheso), Ebenezer (Rev TT Chivaviro), Dzandipedza Mafuta (Simon Chimbetu) and Bata Muromo (Pengaudzoke).
Meanwhile, the timeless Chitekete, released in 1991 was voted the best song in 40 years over the weekend ahead of Leonard Zhakata’s equally timeless song Mugove.
Popularly known as Musorowenyoka, the musician passed away on April 9, 1996 and during that year Chitekete was played as a signature tune at the 1996 Miss World event held in Namibia in his honour.
Apart from topping local radio charts for long, Chitekete was also voted the best song in 25 years (Silver Jubilee award) in 2005.
Born Kwangwarai Gwaindepi, Dembo was not just an ordinary musician but a genius when it came to song composition and arrangement. No wonder why fans also voted for his other song Venenziya on number 10 in the recent Top 40 hits.
From the recent radio chart, Dembo dominated big names in the industry including Pengaudzoke, Alick Macheso, Simon Chimbetu, Paul Matavire, Jah Prayzah, Bhundu Boys, Marshal Munhumumwe, Paul Mpofu, Jonah Moyo and James Chimombe among others.
Some music enthusiasts questioned the credibility of the Top 40 hits after heavyweights in the form of the late superstar and national hero Oliver Mtukudzi and Zexie Manatsa were left out.
ZIM @ 40 Radio Zimbabwe Top 40
1) Chitekete: Leonard Dembo
2) Mugove: Leonard Zhakata
3) Bata Muromo: Pengaudzoke
4) Dzandipedza: Mafuta Simon Chimbetu
5) Ebenezer: Rev TT Chivaviro
6) Madhuve: Alick Macheso
7) Kutonga Kwaro: Jah Prayzah
8) KwaHunyani: Safirio Madzikatire
9) Kana Vatsvene: Machanic Manyeruke
10) Venenziya: Dembo
11) Tanga Wandida: Paul Matavire
12) Anodyiwa Haataure: System Tazvida
13) Solo naMutsai: Devera Ngwena
14) Naye: Tongai Moyo
15) True Love: Ilanga
16) Rudo Inzira: Ngwenya Brothers
17) Bonus: Patrick Mukwamba
18) Mhinduro Iripo: Charles Charamba
19) Idya Banana: Joseph Garakara
20) Mabvi Nemagokora: Khiama Boys
21) Kana Ndoramba Mukadzi: Blues Revolution
22) Murambinda: Paul Mpofu
23) Pamuchato waTobias: Admire Kasenga
24) Jemedza: James Chimombe
25) Zuva ne Zuva: Ketai Muchawaya
27) Ngivulela Lovemore Majaivana
28) Simukai: Pied Pipers
29) Hatisitose: Bundu Boys
30) Upenyu: Christopher Shoko ne Kwejani
31) Shungu Dzemoyo: Maungwe Brothers
32) Furuwa: Rising Star
33) Kumusha: Sungura Boys
34) Jambanja: Pahotera Mako Sibanda
35) Onai John Chibadura
36) Death of Kwezadhla: Fanyana Dube
37) Rita: Thomas Mapfumo
38) Gremma Wepamoyo: Devera Ngwena Jazz Band
39) Makorokoto Four Brothers
40) Come To Me: Michael Lannas