Despite his death, O’brien Nazombe will always remain imperative figure in the history of poetry as his contribution to the fraternity could not be easily erased nor measured.
As a radio personality, he pioneered the recognition of poetry through the airwaves under renowned program, Patsinde-broadcast on Joy radio. He further initiated Chitsinde Chandakatulo, which remains as a launch-pad and forum that pools poets together to showcase their poetry to the public.
One year down the line since his demise, late Nazombe’s spirit has refused to be chocked by dust and blown into the wind; instead, it lingers and echoes out the most poignant poetic verses that, not only soothes the soul, but in another measure, defines how gifted he was.
He speaks on through the masterly compilation of his arty works, Dendekera, which set to be launched on Sunday afternoon August 5, 2012 at Warehouse in Blantyre.
Dendekera album, a compilation of 24 poems, which include Adakakhalapo, Lero, Kumangalande, Chifukwa Chake Mchimodzi, and the title track Dendekera came about due to public demand and has been released by his family.
“People have been asking for his CDs and we thought it wise to not let such talent die without recognition. As the family, we thought of compiling all Late O’brien’s poems into a CD which will give people chance to sample out and enjoy the best poetic works our brother had done before his death,” explained Millen Nazombe a brother to late O’brien.
Nazombe said part of the funds to be raised through CD sales will be used for tombstone unveiling of late O’brien Nazombe who, until time of his death, was head of programmes at Joy radio.
The launch is expected to attract other renowned poets in the likes of Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa, Joseph Madzedze, Sylvester Kalizang’oma, Hudson Chamasowa, Mr. Jokes and Baba Ngoni among others.
Poets aside, the audience will also be treated to the music performances by the acoustic duo of Edgar ndi Davis as well as the old timer and award winner, one Gides Chalamanda.
“We will also have traditional foods for sale. We will have foods like Nandolo, Mtedza, Thobwa, Makata and other local foods as one way of appreciating our roots and culture. We would like to use the launch and the CD as a fundraising in order to generate funds for his (O’brien) tombstone unveiling later this year,” Millen said.
O’brien Nazombe passed away on June 27 last year after short illness. He was one of the people who helped to reshape and promote poetry, which has, for years, remained as one of the artistic talents the country has failed to fully recognize and late alone support.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :