9 things you must know about the late Daiton Somanje

With the news of the sad passing of Daiton Somanje, we join the Zimbabwe music fraternity in mourning his death. Here are some extracts of his life. You can find his FULL profile here.

1. Cupid’s baby

Daiton Somanje, Pengaudzoke, Chinhu Chevaridzi, Kwatakabva Kure Nenhamo, Seiko Kuonda, Zvibate Pamhaka, Tsaona, Josphat Somanje

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Daiton Somanje was born on Valentine’s day – 14 February 1964.

2. Takes after his parents

Both of his parents, Ali Somanje and Roda Kauzira were musicians that played together.

3. Related to the Chimbetu’s

In an interview in 2012, Daiton claimed that they were actually related to the Chimbetu’s.

4. Not just him and Josphat

Daiton Somanje, Pengaudzoke, Chinhu Chevaridzi, Kwatakabva Kure Nenhamo, Seiko Kuonda, Zvibate Pamhaka, Tsaona, Josphat Somanje

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There were actually 3 Somanje’s that were in the Pengaudzoke band that they formed in mid-1980s. Daiton, Josphat and another brother named Clever.

5. They actually sang ‘Chomanga’

Daiton Somanje, Pengaudzoke, Chinhu Chevaridzi, Kwatakabva Kure Nenhamo, Seiko Kuonda, Zvibate Pamhaka, Tsaona, Josphat Somanje

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Daiton once said that the style of music that they sang was actually ‘chomanga’, a common genre found along the Mozambique-Malawi border.

6. Vented his frustrations through song

Daiton Somanje, Pengaudzoke, Chinhu Chevaridzi, Kwatakabva Kure Nenhamo, Seiko Kuonda, Zvibate Pamhaka, Tsaona, Josphat Somanje

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In April 2012, Daiton coined a 6-track album called ‘Zvinowanikwa’ that expressed his frustrations and bitterness, with songs such as “Somanje Musadaro”, “Zvemukati Mukati”, “Mapundu Mapundu” and “Mbeu Dzangu”, directed at family members that he was not seeing eye to eye at the time.

7. Married his wife’s niece

After his wife passed away, Daiton married Annah Kezias, his wife’s niece, who was just 3 years older than his eldest son, Faheem Somanje.

8. Pengaudzoke might not have been

Daiton Somanje, Pengaudzoke, Chinhu Chevaridzi, Kwatakabva Kure Nenhamo, Seiko Kuonda, Zvibate Pamhaka, Tsaona, Josphat Somanje

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Having walked from Beatrice to Southerton to try their lick with recording with Gramma records, the group of then youngsters walking back reached a flooded Nyatsime River and would attempt to cross. On getting to the middle of the river, they found that the waters were deep and almost got swept away and drowned thus almost causing us not to have had the Pengaudzoke Band.

9. Success of Pengaudzoke

The group would go on to record a total of 28 albums! Each one having a number one hit on the charts!

 

For the full profile of Daiton Somanje, go here.

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