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Fundraiser for ailing Tedious Matsito

‘Gede Mwana’ hitmaker needs US$10,000 for medical treatment

Needs to go to South Africa for treatment ... Ngwenya Brothers' Tedious Matsito

23/05/2017 00:00:00
by Chris Mahove
Ngwenya Brothers leader Tedious Matsito

*Those who want to help can phone Tedious' wife Patience Moyo on +263 772 908 118

NGWENYA Brothers leader, Tedious Matsito, has fallen on hard times and is seeking almost US$10,000 to enable him to go for medical treatment in South Africa.

The Sungura musician suffered a stroke during a tour of South Africa last December which has rendered him unable to speak properly - let alone sing - and is supposed to be on speech therapy.

Matsito, 47, whose right leg was amputated following a road accident in 2008, is supposed to go back to South Africa for specialised treatment to regain his voice, which has been his only source of livelihood for decades.

Ngwenya Brothers have 22 albums to their name.

"He suffered a stroke last December in South Africa where he had gone on a three-month contract which was supposed to end in March this year," Matsito's nephew, Collin Siwali told NewZimbabwe.com in an interview at the Matsito residence in Harare’s Kuwadzana 5.

"He is currently on speech therapy here but is supposed to go back to South Africa for specialised treatment.”

Helping to organise the show ... Matsito's nephew, Collin Siwali

Siwali said Matsito's artificial leg also needed to be changed every six years and was now due, adding the family needed about US$10,000.

With the support of Dz Traveller, Siwali has organised an all-might musical show featuring almost 20 musicians meant to raise funds for Matsito.

Among the musicians will be Matsito's son, Muchapedza, who plays drums with Ngwenya Brothers and is also a ZimDancehall artist in his own right.

The "Gede Mwana" hitmaker is now struggling to fend for his family.

Said his wife, Patience Moyo; "Life has been very difficult for us as we are struggling to put food on the table and pay fees for our children, two of them twin girls who are doing Upper Six" she said.

She said Matsito had only managed seven out of the 32 therapy sessions prescribed for him.

"Each therapy session requires USD20 and we have only managed seven due to financial constraints.


"The sessions were supposed to go for four consecutive months at two sessions per week.”

Matsito's wife starts fire to prepare food for the family

Moyo said the family were now in school fees arrears and have had to forgo fees for the other four kids so they could pay exam fees for the girls in Upper Six.

She said they also owed Parirenyatwa Hospital USD700 for the treatment Matsito received after the accident in 2008.

"We had made a payment plan where we pledged to pay USD40 every month and we have been paying.

“However, since he suffered the stroke we have not been paying anything and last month they sent us a final demand and are threatening to auction our property," she said.

Meanwhile, Dz Traveller manager, Ruzvezve said the joint had offered the venue for free and had also printed 80 posters for the show which is set for Wednesday 6pm into Thursday morning.

"As the bar management, we have considered his plight and offered them the venue for free so they can realise meaningful proceeds from the show," Ruzvezve said.

The joint will also provide part of the PA system to be used at the show free of charge, in conjunction with veteran musician, Shepherd Chinyani.

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