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Tedius Matsito finally gets rest



Tedius Matsito

It should have been a tough ending for Tedious Matsito who passed on in the early hours of yesterday.

A trail of misfortunes left him handicapped before fate finally decided to take him to the other world.

He helplessly saw his son, Muchapedza (Junior) trying his best to take over the legacy that he had created.

As the frontman of Ngwenya Brothers, a group that he started with his brothers Jabulani and Mike, Matsito brought a new style of sungura that became popular with many local music followers.

Even the late great singer Leonard Dembo once commented that Ngwenya Brothers was a serious crew in sungura circles. Dembo actually felt challenged when the brothers stole the limelight with their classic album “Nyaradzo”.

It should have been a painful experience for Matsito as he watched his son toiling to follow in his footsteps.

There was nothing much Matsito could do. He only had words of advice for the young man. He tried to support him at shows on several occasions, but his health limited him.

All he could do was to thank the likes of Alick Macheso who took the responsibility to guide Muchapedza musically.

A stream of sympathy flew towards Muchapedza every time he went on stage at Macheso’s shows. Macheso himself, known for his emotional frailty, usually broke down as he narrated Matsito’s story and how he was willing to help the young man.

An accident that killed Ngwenya Brothers band members and destroyed instruments marked the beginning of a sad tale in Matsito’s life. He probably got consolation when he heard his son expertly belting out songs “Gede Mwana”, “Nyaradzo” and “Manyepo”.

He probably got consolation when promoters supported him materially, but the satisfaction that comes with thrilling crowds kept evading him as physical challenges took their toll on his body.

An amputated leg and weary arms that were hit by two strokes made life hard for Matsito. He fought his battle, but the energy escaped him gradually until his last breath early yesterday.

The arts industry was plunged into mourning as news of Matsito’s death filtered through.

He will be remembered for his great sungura style that no one else, including certifies copycats, managed to imitate.

Only Muchapedza seems to have mastered his father’s art. Fellow artistes had words of encouragement for Muchapedza yesterday. Some texted him and others posted on social media. Sadly, very few had visited the musician’s house yesterday to console the family.

Somandla Ndebele, Pastor Haisa, Howard Pinjisi and Esau Macheso were some of the artists to visit house number 5969 Kuwadzana 5 by yesterday afternoon to pay their last respects to Matsito.

Alick Macheso could, obviously, have been there if he had not travelled for his South African tour. His wife Nyadzisai was there with Matsito’s widow. His son Esau was with Muchapedza for the better part of the day. It was all love from the Macheso family.

In an interview with this publication, Esau Macheso showed great love for his friend Muchapedza.

“We have been doing music together after my father offered to nurture Muchapedza. We are working on some projects together. We wanted his father to have a feel of his son’s first album, but God had another plan. Matsito is gone and we are gathered here to honour him,” said Esau.

Muchapedza said the gap left by his father is not easy to fill.

“He was a creative musician and I know it will not be easy to carry over his music. I am trying my best, but I know this task is huge. I just hope people will understand that it is a tough task. I wanted to learn a lot from him, but he has died before imparting enough knowledge to me. I hoped he would get better and we could share the stage at several shows, but his condition kept deteriorating. I am grateful to Macheso and others that are assisting me on this journey,” said Muchapedza.

Soma has beautiful memories of his late friend and fellow musician.

“We got into the music industry at the same time and Matsito made hits within a short period. They were hard working as brothers and they made a huge mark. Their original beat made them popular. We will forever remember Ngwenya Brothers.”

Matsito is survived by his wife and five children. He is expected to be buried at Restlands near Dzivaresekwa Extension. He was 48.The Herald

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Tawanda Mambo (Saintfloew)goes to SA for rehab




Zimbabwean rapper Saintfloew is looking to kick his drug addiction once and for all and has reportedly flown out to South Africa where he is going to receive rehabilitation services.

In an interview with Star FM’s Ollah 7 last week, Saintfloew admitted that he was taking drugs, although he was in the process of trying to quit. He refused to admit whether he had been taking the dreaded crystal meth, known popularly as Guka or Dombo.

I cannot confirm the allegations and I cannot say anything about them, so I am not confirming anything and I am not talking about anything. But what I am saying is we came out from the wrong way, a lot happens here in Chitown (Chitungwiza) and I took multiple drugs.

I am still working on quitting taking some of the things. I am not confirming anything but all I can say is there are some drugs that I am trying to stop,” he said.

Saintfloew also revealed that his drug addiction had little to do with the music industry.

It is not like the pressures of music cause artists to take drugs, but before we became artists, we had nothing to do and we had all the time to take drugs. Now if it is regret or moving on, that is what I am working on,” he said

In an interview with H-Metro before the rapper’s departure to South Africa, Saintfloew’s mother, Ebenezer Mambo said that her son’s struggles with drugs were linked to a tough upbringing. She said the musician lost his father at the age of two.

We lost his father when they were still very young and there was no man in the house to whip my son into line. I tried my best to give him a life, but there are some times when a father is needed in the upbringing of children.

I have never doubted my son’s intelligence, but I was worried when he continued pursuing music. He ended up taking drugs and it pains me a lot,” she said.

Mambo praised Nash Paints Group executive chairman, Tinashe Mutarisi, who convinced Saintfloew to go for rehab in SA, for helping her son get back on track.

“I am humbled that good people still exist as is the case with Mr Tinashe Mutarisi. I think he was sent by God to save my son from abusing drugs.

“Like the biblical Moses, Mutarisi has just done the best for my family and I hope my son will come back from South Africa a changed man,” she said.

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Khanyi Mbau, Kudzai Mushonga are back together again



Kudzai Mushonga Khanyi Mbau

There are indications that the on-and-off romantic relationship between Khanyi Mbau and Kudzai Mushonga has heated up once more. The couple recently shared pictures of themselves getting cosy on their Instagram pages. One of the photos shows them snuggled up in each other’s arms on a yacht in Dubai, where Mushonga resides. In the caption, they wrote, “We might bend, but won’t break.”

Although Mbau has been in South Africa for work, she is a resident of Dubai and shares a home with Kudzai Mushonga, a Zimbabwean businessman. In another post, the couple is seen toasting with red roses in hand. Mushonga wrote, “Forever us my baby @mbaureloaded. I love you.”

In May, the couple’s relationship status was the subject of speculation after they deleted all posts of each other from their social media accounts. This came after Kudzai Mushonga was rumoured to be romantically involved with Vanja Vicentijevic.

The couple has been in the news before when Mushonga publicly expressed concern about Mbau’s whereabouts after she went missing in Dubai. It was later discovered that Mbau had returned to South Africa without informing Mushonga.

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SABC cancels 7de Laan after 23 years



7de Laan Soap

SABC 2 and Danie Odendaal Productions have announced that after 23 years on air, the popular soapie 7de Laan will come to an end at the conclusion of season 24. The last episode will air on December 26, 2023. The SABC did not provide a reason for the show’s cancellation but stated that it will not be recommissioned for another season after season 24 ends. 7de Laan has been a beloved show since its first broadcast on April 4, 2000.

The show has been a success, spawning roadshows and cookbooks, and creating household names out of numerous actors. Despite the cast and crew being saddened by the news, they expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to produce a show that has touched millions of South Africans. The SABC has been having financial difficulties and has been in negotiations with various production companies, including Danie Odendaal Productions, for several months.

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