THE music industry was on Saturday robbed of a young and promising Afro-jazz star Prince Musarurwa who succumbed to lung cancer at Chinhoyi Hospital.
Fondly known as Prince K, Musarurwa, 31, rose to prominence with the hit song Runonzi Rudo, a duet with Pah Chihera.
His death has sent a wave of sadness in the arts industry, with condolence messages pouring in from different musicians.
Mourners are gathered at Musarurwa Village in Murombedzi where he will be buried this week.
He had a strong musical background being in the lineage of the late music star Augustine.
He left a catalogue of songs comprising four albums, among them Gogodera and Chiga Chikuru.
Musarurwa toured several countries, including the United States of America. He had to be admitted in hospital in 2018 upon his return from the US.
Songstress Pamhidzai “Pah Chihera” Mbirima, one of the late musician’s protégées, had to cancel her Beitbridge concert upon hearing the news.
Diana Mangwenya Samakange, who worked with the late crooner, described his death as a personal loss and also to the whole nation.
Singers from other genres, among them Vabati VaJehova frontman Richard Magaya said the painful part is “losing someone at such a tender age”.
Gospel singer Mathias Mhere also spoke about the death of Musarurwa, describing it as a sad day to the music industry.
“This is a loss to the industry, losing such a young talent,” he said.
For songstress Pah Chihera, the death of Musarurwa is personal as he played a huge role in her entry into music.
Pah Chihera was in the border town for Valentine’s events which began on Friday and the last gig was on Saturday at Pagomba Café.
She told the Daily News that she could not contain her emotions and lost all her strength that she could not perform considering the late crooner was more than her colleague in music, but family.
She said performing under such circumstances would have been a disservice to the patrons.
“It was and still is too much for me to process. He was everything, my uncle, my best friend, my mentor and my pillar of strength. I could not perform, I lost all my strength,” she said.
She shared intimate details of their last conversation on Friday while on her way to Beitbridge.
“We spoke on Friday, sharing with him the poster for the Beitbridge show. My wish was to be with him there to bring the chemistry for Valentine’s,” she said.
Towards the end of 2019, the two also combined on a single Nyamatsatse which was followed by a video done by Slimaz.
“People know of our combination and we spoke about it in our last conversation. I thought he had recovered when we recorded the song not knowing this was a goodbye project,” she said.
“He will be buried in Murombedzi, Musarurwa village, where his grandfather Augustine, who was a great artiste, was buried,” said a family member.