13.03.1960 – 09.10.2009
With deep grief and sorrow we have been informed that our friend and Director of Kunzwana Trust Keith Goddard passed away on Friday 9 October at St Anne’s hospital in Harare, where to he has been admitted two weeks earlier with pneumonia.
It seems really impossible to believe that Keith has gone. What a great loss to all of us, foremost to his mother Pauline but also for the gay and lesbian community of Zimbabwe, GALZ, for the promotion of cultural exchange by Kunzwana Trust and for the Tonga.Online project and the Tonga community at large.
Keith has always been in the forefront in pushing for tolerance and appreciation of cultural and sexual differences in society but was also actively involved in broader human rights campaigning and in the fight for access to affordable treatment for all people living with HIV/AIDS. He was a distinguished composer and promoter of cultural diversity and cultural exchange.
Just five month ago Keith was with us at the Parade here in Linz / Austria, the Cultural Capital of Europe 2009. We have just completed the video documentary which shows him dancing amongst his Tonga and Austrian friends, not only to the tune of Ngoma Buntibe but to the merger of sounds from different parts of the globe. Together we enjoyed the full fruition of our Parade concept. He was so happy about it that he went to the studios the next day to delve again into the sound recordings with the ambition to create another composition out of it.
I feel very sorry that I could not visit him in Harare hospital on my way out from my project visit in Binga last week. I know that the Tonga people and the Tonga.Online project were very close to his heart.
Despite all odds in recent years, Keith never gave up. When we heard about his illness this very reason left us hoping still. Now we have to accept the unbelievable: Keith has gone. But he will stay with us in our memories, in our aspirations and in our compassion for his mother, colleagues and friends in Zimbabwe.
We offer our sincerest condolences to all of you and assure you of our continued support.
A luta continua.
Linz 10th October 2009
Keith Goddard short bio
Keith Goddard (born 1960) was a Zimbabwean composer and human rights activist. He studied composition under David Lumsdaine and John Casken at Durham University. Electroacoustic works include Afterthought (1982) and The Monolith (1997), the latter as part of a collaborative project with Austrian composers reflecting on Tonga music from the Zambezi Valley. Instrumental/vocal works include Red Fox (1982) for unaccompanied choir and Kutamba (1983) for choir and orchestra commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra of Zimbabwe. In 1996, he won the South African M-Net film music award for his score to the Zimbabwean feature film, Flame. In 2007, he was commissioned by Linz09 to develop the Parade concept in collaboration with Peter Kuthan.
‘He dared go where most men wouldn’t’ - an obituary by Peter Androsch in The African Times