14 November 2012

Zimbabwe: TBA Gone but Not Forgotten

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oth deceased: Siphosenkosi Mkhuhlani and fiancee Theresa Tafirenyika

Scores of people last Saturday, gathered at Sean 'Sean One' Mubayiwa's house in Randburg, to celebrate the life of the late prolific producer Siphosenkosi Mukhuhlani, known to many as TBA or Playboy, who died last year in a horrific car crash that also claimed the life of his fiancée Theresa Tafirenyika.

The horror crash happened in Pretoria in the wee hours of October 30, 2011.

That fateful day was ironically the night TBA had launched his debut single titled "Uchandifunga" together with Sean One's debut album "Wakandirwadzisa" at Chez Ntemba in Pretoria.

Theresa died on the spot whilst the deckmaster had to endure several hours of pain in the Intensive Care Unit of a Johannesburg Hospital before passing on.

Several Zimbabwean artistes based in South Africa that included Sean One, Enock "Nox" Guni, Trinta, Chagwa Black and Blush attended the memorial for one of the pioneers of urban grooves music in Zimbabwe.

In a very soulful and emotional tone the memorial began with people giving heartfelt speeches of TBA's influence in their music and lives.

"To this day, it hasn't really sunk that my best friend and partner is really gone, sometimes I plan to go to the studio to record and only realise later that TBA is no longer around.

"I could not believe it when I heard that the person I had been with just a few hours earlier was gone. When we went to the site I was horrified to see the Playboy comatose and being ferried to the hospital," said Sean.

People could not hold back their tears as friends, relatives and colleagues took turns to talk about the veteran music producer.

Most speakers talked about TBA's jovial and free-spirited nature.

Nox said he owes the success of his "Ices and Roses" album to the late producer.

"I wish TBA was alive to share the proceeds of my new found fame and wealth," he said.

The ceremony ended with a visit to the scene of the accident in Khayalami, a few kilometres out of Pretoria, where few artistes and close friends took time to lay a wreath and pour alcohol at the spot that took TBA and Theresa's lives.

With a creative mastery of music production, TBA was responsible for the rise of several urban grooves artistes and would have undoubtedly brought Sean One to stardom, had he been alive today.

Together with Take 5, TBA founded the production house -- That Squad Studios -- where they did a couple of award-winning productions such as the Chamhembe Compilation.

Songs that gave face to the urban grooves genre like Roki's "Suzzana", "Zvachose" by Kevie and "Waenda" by Tererai were all produced by TBA and Take 5.

TBA then moved from That Squad (Chamhembe) to start his own Chigutiro stable, were he produced several compilations and solo albums of renowned urban grooves artistes like Ngoni Kambarami, Maskiri, Shayne Dings, 2BG, Nox and Honey Vibes.

At the time of his death, he had produced several albums for South African and Zimbabwean artistes like Sean One, Nox, Maskiri, Trinta and that were released posthumously.

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