12 September 2017
. . . historical show with Macheso on cards
EMBATTLED sungura musician Paradzai Mesi has given his life to God.
Mesi, who was one of yesteryear’s finest sungura musicians, had hit hard times imbibing illicit brews and syrups in Glendale and totally shelving his guitars.
H-Metro lenses caught the musician at a Johanne Masowe YeChishanu shrine in Highfield led by Madzibaba Moses between Gwanzura Stadium and the police camp where he was attending church on Sunday afternoon.
The Mari Ipesaniso singer initially refused to entertain this publication saying his private life had nothing to do with the media but later on opened up vowing to submit his life to the Lord.
He vowed to ditch some of the practises which he believed were hindering his progress.
“I had written myself off as a musician until people located me in the back of beyond where my life was just about drinking and smoking.
“When I came to Harare I had a show here in Highfield where someone just told me that my fall from grace was spiritual.
“I then decided to go to church and I found myself here,” said Mesi.
He said he travels from Glendale to Harare for church services and he had stopped imbibing illicit brews as well as smoking.
“I no longer take krango and mushonga (abuse of cough syrup) because I have found new life in the Lord.
“My life is changing from the time I committed myself to God,” he said.
Mesi said because of turning to God his relations with star musician Alick Macheso had gone for the better.
“I never thought that I would ever share the stage with Macheso but all is lined up now. I will be sharing the stage with Macheso this coming Friday in Chinhoyi as well as Saturday,” said Mesi.
Mesi said he had been given lifeline by Madzibaba Moses who offered to finance him to record his forthcoming album.
“I will be recording my album and Madzibaba Moses will be financing the project. I had the opportunity to meet Madzibaba Moses who is always busy but he gave me time to share my experience with him.
“As you can see here there are thousands of people but Madzibaba Moses gave me time to talk to him promising to revive me as a musician.
“This is my new beginning and this time I won’t fail,” said Mesi.
Mesi said he would soon be relocating to Harare to further his music career.
“I am working on relocating to Harare anytime soon so that I fully commit myself to music.
“Sungura was ‘dying’ because some of us had shelved guitars but I am back to revive the genre,” he said.
Madzibaba Moses could not be reached for comment as he refused to entertain the media.
A congregant Madzibaba Darlington Matumba said Mesi had been worshipping with them for the past month.
“He came here some time ago and from the first time he has always been coming to church.
“He even stopped taking illicit brews. He just needs to be strong in prayer so that he does not return to his old habits.
“God’s grace has located him just like other musicians, footballers and celebrities from all walks of life who frequent this shrine,” said Matumba.
Macheso’s spokesperson Tichaona Makahamadze confirmed the shows lined up with Mesi.
“Yes, we will be holding joint shows with Paradzai Mesi this coming Friday in Chinhoyi and Saturday in Shamva.
“It would be nights of total sungura,” said Tich.