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Drummer Stanley Jere buried

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One of the country’s youthful left footed drummers Stanley Jere, who died in the early hours of Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, was laid to rest Sunday.

Jere was a talented drummer, who worked with several musicians in the country and this was shown by the presence of several artists during his burial ceremony.

Apart from artists, scores of people from all walks of life also attended the burial ceremony.

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Artists just to appreciate the talent that Jere had also performed. The first song was led by gospel musician Mau K with the second song led by songstress Princess Chitsulo, who did her popular song ‘Ndizaimbabe,’ but breathed in new lyrics.

It was a sad moment as the artists performed and some people could not hold back their tears.

During the first song, the artists told the gathering that they would be performing without the drummer since the one who was playing the drums was gone.

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Jere was a pillar in music and he also worked with several groups assisting them with his expertise.

Musicians once again also came together both secular and gospel showing unity as they escorted late Jere.

The drummer, who was until his death a member of Malimba Band, recently organised a fundraising show at Robin’s Park in Blantyre to raise funds to undergo an operation for a knee problem at Beit Cure International.

Jere who had been using clutches when walking sounded an SOS saying he was in dire need of over K4 million to undergo an operation for a knee problem.

Due to the knee problem which he said developed following an infection, Jere was grounded and had not been performing for months until his death.

“I am the bread winner, my family depends on me and music is the career that is giving me money to feed my family. But now with my leg problem I cannot perform for now,” Jere told The Daily Times late last year.

Jere said then that he had been to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) for several times where he was told after x-ray that he had a problem of Arthritis.

Jere got a quotation at Beit Cure where he was expected to undergo an operation with the first phase costing over K1.7 million with the second phase amounting to over K1.3 million.

Jere also told The Daily Times then that he was one of the few left-footed drummers in the country and that the knee problem affected the same leg.

The fundraising concert failed to raise enough while some people just made pledges.

One of the people who spearheaded the fundraising concert Aubrey Kusakala said he was shocked with Jere’s death.

“The country has lost a talented drummer. He was actually one of the few left footed drummers and what he did on stage with the drums was amazing. I am also sad because he has left us at a very young age,” he said.

Kusakala called on people to take time to support artists whenever they ask for help especially when they organise fundraising shows.

Some people during the burial ceremony said people came in large numbers and that they could have even done so during a fundraising concert.

Several artists writing on the social media forums described late Jere as a talented drummer, who was humble and that he was very creative.

One of Malimba Band members Alex Chitheka said they have lost one of the founders of the group.

“He was one of the founders of Malimba Band. His death has left a very big gap and it will be difficult to replace him. May his soul rest in peace,” said Chitheka.

Some of the groups that Jere performed with include Body, Mind and Soul, Mapale, Kaligo Melodies and Lulu’s Mathumela Band.

Survived by a child, late Jere was born on July 17, 1987 and hailed from Mtambalika Village, Traditional Authority Kapeni in Blantyre.

He was a first born in a family of three children and survived by a child

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