The late music director par excellence Mr Paul Zvatinoda Gandanzara, who passed on at the age of 71 on Tuesday at West End Hospital, was laid to rest at his rural home in Rusape on September 23.

Reverend Dr Gift Machinga reminded mourners to keep their faith and standing in Christ through circumstances, describing Gandanzara as a great member any pastor would be proud to lead.

Wife Julia paid glowing tribute to her husband, describing her as a great friend, loving and a good exemplary father.

Retired Reverend Lovemore Nyanungo was in attendance to bid one of his former leaders farewell and he took the church through memory lane, detailing Gandanzara’s illustrious contributions during his time at Chitungwiza as a treasurer, describing him as a transparent leader in all the tasks he was assigned to.

Circuit representative Mrs Dorothy Mahwira said Gandanzara’s punctuated musical legacy will be carried on by the church.

A day prior, a big send off was held at the sanctuary, it quickly turned out to be a revival and a song filled service.

Reverend Noah Chikuni said Gandanzara used his talents effectively and effortlessly and so the church needs to take a leaf and desist from being idle with our God given talents.

He urged the church to be united and emulate his legacy by personally multiplying one’s talents to grow the church.

The MUMC Choir was on hand to sing one more time for their beloved former advisor whilst the main choir rolled back the years with a moving powerful song that shook the sanctuary to its core.

The burial was attended by former Cabinet Ministers Dr Simba Makoni and Honourable Nyasha Chikwinya.

Former Pastor In Charge at Cranborne Reverend Matthew Daniel Mutidzawanda was also in attendance with Nyaradzo Group Chaplin General Reverend Ellison Kamupira directing the proceedings.

The fifth born in a family of 10, Gandanzara was born on 12 February 1950 and did his education at Old Mutare Mission and later on worked at Surveyor General then later mining engineering under the Ministry of Mines as an administration officer.

His life in church sprouted from humble beginnings where he horned and nurtured his musical career from a young age and brought his talents to Cranborne for the better part of the last 25 years.

Music being his passion, he was a long term choir director alongside his late pal Samuel Patrick Machiri and nurtured Liberty Maziti, Thandiwe Ndoro, Rudo Mwakutuya and Peter Maziti making for a strong, cohesive unit that trailblazed the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area, racking numerous accolades.

He was associate chairperson for Worship and Beautification and served as a committee member for many years.

Before that, he chaired the Workshop Committee between 1997 -1998 and was a committee member for Building in 2006.

He was an advisor for the MUMC alongside Elias Chikomo and under their guidance came the most successful period in the Cranborne MUMC history as they became district and conference music champions as well as release their second and most successful album to date, Jesu Anotida.

The church honoured him and his fellow directors in 2016 during Laity Week for their contributions in music.

He was also part of the fabled six man musical outfit Global Good Hope Quartet.

He is survived by wife Julia, four children and six grandchildren.

May his soul rest in peace.

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