Fellow musicians abandon Matsito in death

WHILE social media was for the past two days abuzz with condolence messages following the passing on of prominent sungura ace Tedius Matsito, fellow musicians seem to have abandoned him in death after snubbing his funeral wake.

Only few musicians, notably Somandla Ndebele and Alick Macheso’s family, graced the Matsito home in Kuwadzana, Harare to console the singer’s family on Thursday.

The majority of musicians were reportedly preparing for the social soccer match scheduled on April 6 in the capital.
The veteran Ngwenya Brothers front man died on Thursday morning at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and he is expected to be buried today in Mt Hampden.

Her daughter Tatenda told this publication the veteran musician complained of severe headache.
“Though he was ill for a long time but his health deteriorated on Tuesday. We took him to the hospital (Parirenyatwa) on Wednesday. Doctors tried their best to save him but unfortunately he failed to make it,” she said.

Matsito has been in and out of hospital for some time and was struggling to talk after a series of strokes.
His son, Muchapedza Jr, has been looking after the band after his father’s incapacitation. 

Sungura giant, 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 destruction of his equipment.

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 physiotherapy at the time of his death.

A number of fundraising gigs have been done to assist him.

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