Phura To Be Laid To Rest Next Week Saturday

Money being raised to give the legend the burial he deserves

By  | May 19, 2020, 02:11 PM  | Phura Duwe 

It has been confirmed that the King of Ma/Gaisa music the late Phura will be laid to rest on 11 May in Khorixas. Timotheus Duwe also known as King Phura passed away on 25 April morning at the Swakopmund state hospital after suffering from a long illness. He was a legend in the genre of Damara Punch. He was one of the greatest musicians in Namibia.

It has been established that the family is trying to gather funds to ensure that the “epa boko boko, ama baka baka” singer gets a proper send off. So far, individuals and organizations alike have made donations towards the funeral in kind and in cash.

An estimate of N$ 60 000 has been raised for the burial of the late Ma/Gaisa King Phura Duwe thus far. The past Wednesday, a tribute show was held at the Moses Van Der Byl sports field where over 30 artists had performed including Big Ben, Tswazis, Dixon, Ou Stakes, Brumelda and Erna Chimu who had encouraged people to show up in numbers which they did, for the king of Ma/Gaisa.

There are two shows scheduled this weekend in memory of Phura with one in Gobabis and the other in Khorixas.

Namibian socialites, entertainers, and businessman have since been expressing their condolences to the family and sharing memories they have shared with Phura and their favorite songs they love to dance to. Other fans took to social media stating that the culture of celebrating people when they die should end and instead, people should be celebrated while they are alive. Musican Don Kamati felt that people are not doing enough to celebrate their own, but go the extra mile for international artists.

DJ and, radio presenter and columnist NSK said that Phura deserves to be given a state funeral. He wrote:

"Phura was a national hero who is probably responsible for the birth of many families today. Phura filled stadiums. Something modern-day Namibian musicians struggle to do unless there are international acts. I demand a state funeral for Phura. If we don’t grant Phura a state funeral then we have failed another legend. Rest in Peace Abuti Phura."

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