Mashonaland West mourns dancehall star, Eckodem

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TRIBUTES continue pouring in for Kariba based dancehall artiste Eckodem who died this Sunday at the age of 25. Eckodem whose real name was Edgar Koffi passed away at Kariba hospital after a short illness.

He was born in Kariba on 30 July 1996 and was the first born in a family of three.

Eckodem attained prominence in 2013 with hit songs such as "SaJah Love" and "Memories ". Eckodem was hereafter credited for importing Zimdancehall to Kariba following his break onto the music scene.

He also had other singles which made their way on Nyaminyami FM top twenty charts exceeding his other hits. Songs like tichasangana ended the year on number 9 in 2019 which was a first for a mashonaland west artist. On Tichasangana, Eckodem paid homage to those who have lost their lives due to various circumstances whilst comforting those left behind that we will meet again. At the time of his death, he was trending with his latest offering called, mulishani which was launched on the 8th of June after he had just toured Zambia.

Speaking to Nyaminyamifm on Tuesday his father, Mr. Masson Koffi said he was devastated by the death of his son.

"I can not t believe that my son is no more. Edgar was a listening young man who learnt my building skills at a tender age but instead chose to do music which was like a calling to him". 

"It's a sad day to the family , the community of Kariba and the whole province of Mashonaland West".

Friend to the late artiste, Kudakwashe Chamusanga was in shock after hearing the death of the youthful artiste.

"Am still in shock about the death of Eckodem, he was a young man who had great potential not just in kariba but in the whole province of Mashonaland West".

"We will all miss him but the music he left us with will continue for many years to come".

Kariba based afro Jazz artiste Jacob Zulu of Jack and Afro Jazz described the late as a talented young man who made a great impact in the music industry.

" Eckodem's work will always be cherished by many artistes to come"