Nyabinde passed away on Saturday on his way to Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, following a long battle with illness.
The legendary musician, renowned for hits like “Chabuda Hapana,” had been grappling with health challenges since his diagnosis with diabetes in 2018, which significantly impacted his eyesight.
A stroke further hampered his health three years later, affecting his illustrious music career.
Nyabinde, 68, is survived by two sons and five grandchildren.
His son, Agga Nyabinde, confirmed the funeral arrangements, stating, “We are going to bury him on Boxing Day in Kwekwe. Mourners are gathered at 1096/16 Mbizo, Kwekwe.”
Condolences have poured in from various quarters, paying tribute to Nyabinde’s musical legacy and his character.
Tributes pour in for Bob Nyabinde
Dendera musician Sulumani Chimbetu expressed his sorrow, saying, “Your contributions to the arts industry and the love you shared with everyone will always be remembered. May your soul rest in peace.”
Seasoned guitarist Munya Mataruse shared fond memories of Nyabinde, describing him as a maestro of music and a mentor to young musicians.
Mataruse stated, “His love for music extended to nurturing young musicians, he always ensured that we had some perfect guitars all the time.”
Local pharmaceutical company Booties Pharmacy also honored Nyabinde, saying, “May his legacy of education, music, and family live on. Rest in peace, Headmaster.”
As the music community mourns the loss of one of its luminaries, Bob Nyabinde’s contributions to Zimbabwean jazz will be celebrated, and his impact on generations of musicians will be remembered.
The funeral on Boxing Day will mark the final farewell to “The Headmaster” of music.