By Nathan Chishimba

When I was a young lad growing up on the Copperbelt, ZNBC launched Radio 4, also called Radio Mulungushi. It had the most illustrious array of DJ’s.

They all had signature intro tunes that they used to signify that they were on air. By far my favorite was Swithin Hangaala. Whenever I heard his sig tune, “Street Dance”, instrumental version, I would drop everything and move closer to my radio.

He would always spice his slot with interesting anecdotes and social commentary. His smooth baritone voice would enchant me until his shift ended at which point he would play his sig time as he left.

Fast forward a few years later, I ended up in Lusaka, and one of my favorite haunts was Fairview Hotel, which was in my neighborhood then. I had dropped my wife off at UTH as were expecting our first born baby.

I was at the counter of Fairview biting my nails and nervous as could possibly be when a gentle baritone I quoted what my troubles could be. I turned round and found a very gentle looking face with a bright captivating smile beaming at me.

He stayed with me and we struck up a very lively conversation. That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.

Ever since that time, Swithin has been an ever uplifting and positive presence in my life. We enjoyed a wide pool of mutual friends and we had copious fun whenever we met.

I have lost a brother (my elder brat), a friend and a mentor. Fare thee well my elder brother. I shall miss you always, but I know you are in a better place, free of that pain and suffering. Thank you for sharing part of your life with me.

I wish Doreen and the family God’s strength in this dark hour. Doreen, your strength and support were admirable.


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