A manicured green lawn struggling for life welcomes mourners at the home of the late Ngwenya Brothers frontman Tedious Muchapedza Matsito in Kuwadzana 5.

The sungura artiste returned to dust after breathing his last at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals this week.

He breathed his last aged 48.

With a handful of mourners, the deceased’s place, House No. 5969-152 Circle, was indeed engulfed with a dark cloud of grief as friends, relatives and neighbours all but rest their heads in their cupped hands with disbelief.

Mourners slowly trickled in to offer their condolences.

Relatives of the deceased and band members welcomed the mourners as they gathered the courage to share the misery of the departed 48-year-old.

Sungura king Alick Macheso’s wife, Nyadzisai who stays with Matsito’s eldest son Muchapedza Junior, was among the first to arrive and to offer her condolences and help to the bereaved.

Macheso’s son, Esau, also came to offer a shoulder to his ‘brother’ Muchapedza Junior.

Unlike some funerals that are characterised by ugly scenes of violence and people trading lyrical shots, for the Matsito family there was a relief as early arrangements went on peacefully.

Collen Swali, a former band member, advised people of the funeral arrangements announcing that Matsito’s mother, who resides in neighbouring Mozambique will be in Zimbabwe today or tomorrow.

Just after lunch, a heartbroken and dejected Somandla Mafia Ndebele arrived at the funeral to pay his condolences. Watery eyes and a cracking voice marked the beginning of his eulogy on Matsito.

The deceased’s wife, a few relatives and band leader were not present as they had gone to Parirenyatwa to make plans for the funeral.

The family’s spokesperson, Curren Matsito, daughter to the late’s brother informed H-metro that Tedious was not on any funeral policy but under ZIMURA which usually helps musicians.

As funeral arrangements are made, the Matsito family said they remain grateful for the help and love they have seen from all people.

— H-Metro

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