Tendai Samu, a well known Disc jockey and Entreprenuer, originally from Zimbabwe has died. A cause to his death is still shallow. Dj Commander once lived in South Africa, and had recently moved back to Zimbabwe.
In Zimbabwe it’s understood that Mr Samu was part an entertainment organisation called “Cranborne Dj’s” where he continued practicing a hobby he’d passion for, with fellow Zimbabwean Dj’s including Dj Tam-z, Dj Knoxinatorr, and Dj Bad’Ass.
News about his death went viral on various social networks, including Facebook, twitter, soon after 1400hours GMT (Saturday 28th December 2013). Many people (his friends and fans), couldn’t believe and thought it was a rumour. Hours later (Saturday 28th December 2013), after reliable sources had confirmed about Tendai’s death, the Zmbabwean entertainment industry plunged into mourning. Fans and close friends paid deep respect to Dj Commander. To date, messages of condolences of his death are pouring from across the world. A facebook page titled “In Memory Of Tendai Dj Commander Samu” has been created. Below are some of the messages posted on “Tendai Samu’s” official Facebook page:
Titus “GT BEATS”: I was kinda hoping to wake up to the news yekuti (Tendai) he’s back because this guy (Commander) was a fighter who’ll never accept defeat . We have all been hurt to lose Tendai because on a real note no one can fill his spot appropriately. May his soul rest in peace. Inzira yedu tese, like him we should all aim to make a mark while we still live and fulfil our purposes”.
HitsMe-Schatz Hits Malia: “10ndai was a good friend to many people. He would laugh with you and never looked down upon anyone. He treated everyone with so much love and care. The last time I had a skype call with him ,he made me laugh so much. Chokwadi Rufu rwunouya sembavha musinga fungire. Apa ndarwadziwa zvangu zvisingaite. Rip sahwira wangu, zorora hako murugare. I will forever remember u my dear friend”.
Nister NoxyDj: “R.I.P. Dj Commader aka Tendai Samu your works in Zim Ent will be remembered. Gone so soon,will miss you”
Nox Guni “Lost two great brothers in a space of two years. First it was TBA, now Tendai. I still find it hard to comprehend. I look at my videos “NDINONYARA and WHATSAPP” and i just can’t help but cry when i see him there, full of life and energy. For sure, life doesn’t belong to us. Kurarama inyasha. We should always thank God for the gift of life. I pray that the Lord will be with the Samu family and all those who knew him”.
Brighton Matava “Never forget all the moments we were together, all the advice you gave me about life. R.I.P Tendai, You will be forever missed”
Shingirai “Shingy” Maunganidze: “RIP to yall my realest nigga DJ COMMANDER ….i think the heavens vakugadzira joy yakasimba after all musicians akatorwa this year ….vakuda maDjs ekuti zvifaye first it was smoove now it’s you“
Nash Daddie: “R.I.P BOSS THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT YOU GAVE ZIMBRINYO AND TICHARAMBA TICHICHIMHANYA!! Terminator remix was your all time favourite I know. Wofamba bho Wangu”.
Thandie Gwanetsa Senda: “May the angels carry your spirit to the gates of heaven Tendai, u were just a happy soul n full of positive energy the void u left cannot be filled, its still so hard to believe that u gone shaa, you shall forever be missed, may your sweet soul rest in eternal peace”.
Dj Commander was known for his controversial “Facebook Status”. He’s worked in the Advertising and Marketing industry for nearly over 12 years. Together with his Missus, they founded “Tendai Samu Design Studio”, an innovative creative design firm. United Forces International, an entertainment company, is among a list of organisations created through his passion for entreprenuership. UFI’s purpose was to assist South African based Zimbabwean artists to arrange and promote their S.A tours.
He’s also worked with Zimbabwean artist based in the U.K, Canada, and USA. Tendai Samu had Zimbabwean “Urban Groves Music, and Zimdancehall” at heart; he Supported both genres. His mixtapes, from day one, oozes with his love for the Zimbabwean entertainment industry. Tendai featured in some of Nox Guni’s Music videos’ including the number one hits “WhatsApp” and “Ndinonyara”. He worked closely with , Buffalo Souljah, Nox Guni, and many South African based Zimbabwean artists and Producers. He was part of the team that contributed to the establishment of Miss ZimSA, a beauty pegeant for Zimbabwean girls based in South Africa.
There hasn’t been any official statement, about burial arrangements, from the family’s spokesperson.