Veteran musician Anthony Maonde has died.Mr Maonde, 73 died, in a Road Traffic Accident in Monze area on Saturday afternoon. Mr Maonde and his sister Mrs Deliah Maonde-Kamoga died after
the vehicle in which they were travelling in over turned.The duo died shortly after the accident which hapenned between Chisekese and Mazabuka.. They were travelling from Chisekese area where they had gone to attend a funeral.
Mr Monde, was one of Zambia’s leading pianist, whose music career spans over 50 years has shared stage with great artistes such as African great pianist of the 60s,James Brown, Wilson Picket, Duke Harringtone,Huge Masekela,Mirrian Makeba,Dorothy Masuka and Champion Banda..He quit his job as a laboratory technician working for the mines on the Copperbelt to take up a full time music career in 1969 .He formed the Rokana Melodies in Kitwe in the 1960s.The Rokana Melodies later became the most popular band in Zambia.
The band’s flagship song Chomba Malaila still remains a hit today.
In 1970 Mr. Maonde went to Livingstone where he teamed up with friends and formed the Los Comrados, which specialised in Zambian traditional music and jazz. The band’s flagship song Chomba Malaila still remains a hit today.
In 1979,he joined the The Broadway Quintet the country’s highest paying band based at Intercontinental Hotel in Lusaka. Mr Maonde, who, was popularly known as BaTony in music circles, together with Broadway Quintet headed for Bostwana in 1990 where the performed live music at an exclusive night club called the Cameo, before relocating to The Seraton Hotel in Botswana.
In 1996, we went solo after parting with the Broadway Quitet and headed for South Africa, where as a solo pianist, he played live music in the Royal Pacific and Landmark hotels among other places in Bangkok.
He later teamed up with the Johannesburg based Africa Focus Band, which played music at the Sandton Conference Centre and various hotels in Rosebank area.As a solo artiste Mr Maonde used to be hired to perform music for the rich and famous at the Sandton Sun and Tower Intercontinental hotels.
When he returned to Zambia in 2003.He frequently use to put up live music shows at the Intercontinental Hotel lobby, at State House during state functions apart from putting up exclusive performances for Special guests for the State.
He is survived by eight children and 13 grandchildren..