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David Mankaba, Guitarist Who Popularized Zimbabwean Music, Dead at 32

June 29, 1991

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) _ David Mankaba, a guitarist whose pop group the Bhundu Boys helped popularize African music in Europe and the United States, has died of tuberculosis complicated by AIDS, relatives said. He was 32.

Mankaba died Thursday in his apartment in downtown Harare, the Zimbabwean capital.

It was the first time AIDS has been as listed as the official reason for the death of a prominent figure in Zimbabwe. Friends said Friday that Mankaba asked that his illness be publicized to help in an AIDS awareness campaign.

Mankaba’s pop group made several successful tours of Europe and the United States and were especially popular in Britain.

After collapsing on tour in the United States last year, Mankaba was diagnosed as being infected with the virus that causes Aids, friends and relatives said.

He was later visited in an AIDS hospice in Britain by singer Cliff Richard and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome attacks the body’s immune system, leaving victims susceptible to deadly infections.

In Africa, where the disease is spread mainly by heterosexual contact, many governments have suppressed potentially embarrassing information on Aids.

The World Health Organization says the world Aids epidemic is spreading fastest in developing countries and about 6 million sub-Saharan Africans are estimated to be carrying the human immunodeficiency virus.

Mankaba was divorced. Survivors include his 9-year-old son, Louis.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

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