Lusaka gives Daev celebratory send off

SINCE Sunday, there has been outpouring grief for musician David Phiri aka Daev who died in a road accident in Chirundu.

But as he was buried yesterday, it was more-merry than tears.

Lusaka gave the popular hitmaker a befitting send-off that was preceded by a concert at the Lusaka Play House.

Scores of screaming fans braved the sweltering September heat to dance to songs and listen to tributes.

Ruff Kaida, B-Flow, Macky 2, Bobby East and Yo Maps, all contributed to making the crowd momentarily forget the event was about the death of one of their own.

As comedian Diffikot and Henry BJ cracked jokes – there was no way the mood could be sombre.

But as time for the church service neared, reality soon sunk in – that Daev had died and his burial was on.

Hundreds then trooped to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for a final send off.

In attendance was Lusaka mayor Miles Sampa.

Daev was a musician under XYZ Entertainment which he joined in 2016. In his short music journey, he released several hit singles including the famous ‘Never Been Easy’ and ‘Kamba Ka Love’. Not only could he sing but Daev was a great songwriter and producer. He had several collaborations with top local artistes and his career was just blossoming. This summer, Daev was planning to drop his debut album he proposed to call ‘God, Family, Music’.

But at the Cathedral, riot police had to be called in as hundreds attempted to force their way in the church as Daev’s body arrived.

Lusaka Province Commissioner of Police Nelson Phiri led officers in “restore calm operation” as service proceeded inside the church.

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