Sungura ace Tedious Matsito dies

Sungura musician and Ngwenya Brothers frontman Tedious Matsito has died. He was 48. The musician died at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on Wednesday after his condition deteriorated.
He is survived by his wife and five children.

His son Muchapedza Jr confirmed his death and said mourners are gathered at his Kuwadzana home. “He has been ill for some time and yesterday (Wednesday) he was rushed to Parirenyatwa where he was admitted. He died around midnight. We are still sorting burial arrangements and mourners will be at our home in Kuwadzana 5,” he said.

Matsito has been in and out of hospital for some time and was struggling to talk after a series of strokes. Muchapedza Jr has been looking after the band after his father’s incapacitation. Sungura giant Alick Macheso has been assisting him to find his foot in the music industry.

The late musician’s life is an example of a sad story. His trail of misfortunes can be traced back to 2008 when he sustained injuries in a road accident coming from a performance in Mozambique which claimed the lives of some of his band members and left  his music equipment destroyed..

The injuries resulted in him being amputated in 2012.
In 2016, he suffered a mild stroke that affected his facial nerve system while at a show in South Africa. The stroke intensified the following year which saw him being hospitalised much of the time and struggling with speech and he was undergoing speech and general physio-therapy at the time of his death.

A number of fundraising gigs have been done for him to be assisted.
Sungura musician Somandla “Mafia” Ndebele said they have been robbed of one of their own.

“He has been ill for some time that it was difficult for him to speak. I got a call around 2am being informed of his death. This is a loss not to the Matsito family alone but the nation at large. His music was and is entertainment to many. He worked hard for himself, though misfortune trailed him,” he said.

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