Its a dark day for the Zimbabwean gospel music family and the industry as a whole as four promising instrumental talents were wiped out in a road collision in South Africa earlier this morning.
The accident that claimed the life of a well respected lead guitarist Tawanda Makwavarara alongside his four close music colleagues happened on South Africa’s R21 South highway near Nellmapius off exit ramp in Irene, Pretoria around 2am Thursday morning.
It is believed another vehicle, an Audi Q7 razed over their white Honda Civic, ripping the salon in half from the roof down. The Audi landed on its roof with the driver escaping with minimal injuries. He was taken to a medical facility where he was assessed and released. Sadly all the Honda occupants stood no chance, all of them perished instantly four of them thrown out on the tarmac and the fifth discovered in the mangled remains of the salon car.
Witness recounts of the events suggest the Honda was hit by the Audi at an angle and the impact forced it to slam on the safety barrier of the highway while the Audi Q7 rolled over and landed on its roof. It remains unknown what caused the accident and if over speeding or other factors played a part in the collision.
The victims are named locally as Tawanda Makwavarara, Praise Gombakomba, Naison and Mike.
Social network platforms had been flooding with clear emotions as the nation come to terms with the tragic loss. One notable is the gospel diva Rumbie Cynthia Zvirikuzhe who reminisced Tawanda playing the lead guitar at the launch of her latest album Mutsawashe.