23 years on: Leonard Dembo legacy lives
…we haven’t done enough to honor the legend, says son
Exactly 23 years after he breathed his last, the music of the legendary Barura Express front man, Leonard Dembo, has refused to follow him to the grave.
The Chitekete hitmaker died after a long illness during his peak in 1996, robbing the world of an icon whose music was appreciated even at international stage.
His son Tendai said though they have not done enough as a family to honor the talented musician described by many as a gifted lyricist, he was trying to keep the Barura Express alive.
Tendai will today release an album, his third solo project, and will dedicate it to Musorowenyoka, his father’s moniker.
Simply titled Dzinde, the album has six songs that he expects to be instant hits.
He said the album is mainly dedicated to his late father, also known as Kwangwari Gwaendepi, for his wonderful deeds he did when he was still alive.
“My father died when I was eight years and since then we as a family did nothing to honor him even dedicating or thanking him for his wonderful and brilliant works but we have realized that it’s high time we do something and we decided to do an album for him,” said Dembo.
The late icon’s first born said though his father was late, Sungura legend Alick Macheso and Sulumani Chimbetu, son to the late Dendera giant Simon, helped him to focus and continue with his father’s works.
“Macheso came home and said he was willing to teach me how to do music and he sacrificed his time and I am proud to say that 90% of what I know was because of Macheso's mentorship,” said Dembo.
Macheso sponsored us to do live shows on his shows and he made us to be recognized.
Dembo started his music career in 2011 with his brother Morgan with their first album Kutsika Matsimba.
ln 2013, his brother called it quits and Tendai wrestled on with a 2014 offering titled Kupakwashe and Mushando in 2016.
He is looking to work on collaborations locally and internationally.