Why every artist should write a will before death
Death is unpredictable. You don’t know when and how it will turn out. He will come at any age, young or old. We only exist on this earth from moment to moment without ever knowing who would be the next to leave the world. No one can escape death.
So it makes sense to take certain precautions before this actually happens.
This is why it is important for every artist, especially successful artists, to write a will during their lifetime.
Two years ago, there was speculation as to whether Dr Oliver Mtukudzi had written a will that would bequeath his estate to his loved ones and chosen members of his family.
Music fans were shocked by reports that the late national hero and internationally renowned superstar left all of his possessions to his surviving wife, Daisy.
Mtukudzi passed away on January 21, 2019, sparking a wave of grief across the world, but the spotlight immediately turned to what was to come to his estate amid reports that Daisy and the singer’s children were engaged in a battle. relentless for control.
Fortunately, a will that had been filed with his attorneys long before his death was found and it appeared to have settled the explosive dispute that would have followed.
Before that, it was Comrade Chinx (Dickson Chingaira} who, despite being married to two wives, had not made a will. This caused an argument between his family members with the first wife, Patricia and the second wife, Ntombizodwa at daggers drawn on who would occupy the house which had been given to comrade Chinx by Joseph Nyadzayo of ZIMA Awards.
This led to the former first lady, Grace Mugabe, to become the executor of the estate. Chinx himself just before his death, had asked his benefactor, Joseph Nyadzayo if his second wife, Ntombizodwa would get anything from his estate. This question was not necessary. It looked like Chinx knew he was about to die. All he needed was a lawyer to draft a will that would be used to liquidate his estate. If a will were in place, no such dispute would have arisen.
Even in rare situations where death is foreseeable, like that of the late Biggie Tembo, a will is still necessary in order to avoid future family disputes. Biggie Tembo, who was the driving force behind the Bhundu Boys, committed suicide. Distraught at having left the Bhundu Boys in acrimonious circumstances, Biggie hanged himself in Harare Mental Hospital.
At the height of his success in the late 1980s, Biggie Tembo lived with his wife, Ratidzai, in a bungalow with a swimming pool in the affluent suburb of Harare’s Hillside. He left Ratidzai and the children stranded after committing suicide and no will was found even though he knew he was going to die. It was a disaster for the family.
Jean Chibadura in Zuva Rekufa Kwangu wrote these lyrics:
Vadzimu woye ndiroteseiwo zuva riya (zuva rekufa kwangu). Kana ndafa hupfumi hwangu hungadyiwe naniko.
Despite this noble thought before he died, he never left a will.
Now I hear from reliable sources that there are big problems in the succession of the late Ephat Mujuru. Ephat, like Comrade Chinx, also had two wives. When she died, the young wife was living in her house in Glen View. His first wife children Carol, Michelle and James decided to go stay with the young wife, claiming it was their father’s house. There were a lot of fights because the two families were in conflict.
I am told that there is still a lot of fighting going on. You would think Mujuru would have made a will before his death given his two wives in the running, unfortunately he did not.
Not having a will means that your next of kin (kids, parents, brother, sister, etc.) will have to endure battles between loved ones who are fighting for what you wanted them to have.
They will fight over who will keep the car, the house, or even the money.
It might even bother your beneficiaries physically, emotionally, or even mentally, but there is a simple solution to solving all of these issues.
Writing a will does not necessarily mean that you will die tomorrow. It’s just a simple way to secure the future of your beneficiaries. Since we don’t know when we will take our last breath, it is very important to strike the iron while it is still hot (make a will while you can).
In case you forgot who Ephat Mujuru was, here’s a brief history of the humble maestro mbira:
Mujuru is the man who taught the American author of Mbira’s soul, Paul Berliner, to play the instrument during his visit to Zimbabwe. The American then invited Ephat to visit the United States and teach others how to play mbira.
In 1982, Mujuru first traveled to the United States to study and ultimately to lecture and teach mbira at the University of Washington in Seattle. Upon returning to Zimbabwe in 1986, Mujuru became a teacher at Mbare High School and also started performing live in nightclubs and small venues.
He also attended the Zimbabwe College of Music where he gave mbira lessons mainly to visiting foreign tourists.
Throughout the 1980s, Mujuru traveled a lot. In the United States, he released a traditional hand percussion album titled, Rhythms of life, recorded in Boston in 1989.
During the 1990s, Mujuru continued to travel and perform, and in the United States, he recorded two more albums for Music of the World: Ancestral wisdom and Shona spirit, the latter being a collaboration with Dumisani Maraire.
Mujuru also recorded an ambitious multitrack album which he called Journey of the Spirit. Back in Zimbabwe, he also released hit pop albums with a revisited electric version of Spirit of the People.
In 1992, Mujuru’s first electric album Hapana Mutorwa rose to the top of the local charts, edging out Zimbabwe’s sungura kings Leonard Dembo and John Chibadura. But as conditions worsened in Zimbabwe, Mujuru traveled and logged less.
At the beginning of September, the electric album, Musiyano, was released and received a very positive review in local newspapers, under the headline, Mujuru back with a bang. During this period he also performed alongside Fela Kuti from Nigeria and he won a Pan African Award in Ghana for his contribution to the preservation of African culture.
Mujuru, as the newspapers predicted, seemed poised for a real comeback. But less than a month later, on October 5, he died in London, while traveling with his cousins Fradreck and Sam.
He was about to begin a residency at Grinnell College in Iowa. Sadly, Mujuru suffered a massive heart attack that day while disembarking from an Air Zimbabwe plane after suffering a deep vein thrombosis at Gatwick airport and died on the way to hospital.
Despite his great accomplishments, this unpredictable death caused him to leave this world without settling his family’s future disputes. Simply put, he didn’t write a will until he died. This explains why his family members still fight to this day.
Mujuru didn’t have a lot of property or assets, but what little he did have is now being fought for, which is rather unfortunate.
It is therefore essential that everyone draws up a will before dying.
A will is a legal document by which a person expresses his wish regarding the distribution of his property after his death. Once the will has been duly executed in accordance with the law on wills, it will be distributed to the office of the master of the district court and to the lawyer of the author of the will.
You don’t have to write a will just because you have a lot of property or assets in your name. It’s not just the rich and the rich who write wills. Anyone can write indicating their last wishes. This is why I say that each artist, despite the little property or assets he has, must write a will in order to make his intentions known and to facilitate the liquidation of his estate.
My friends: Rockie Josphat, Killer T, Seh Calaz, Alexio Kawara, Nutty O, Poptain, Tocky Vibes, Shinsoman, Pablo Nakappa, Filbert Marova, DJ Tamuka, Guspy Warrior, EnzoIshall, Kinnah, Stunner, Van Choga, Leonard Zhakata, Noel Zembe, ExQ, etc., go quickly to a lawyer and tidy up your house before you die.
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