Paradzai Mesi: I quit beer and smoking to save my life. Pradzai Mesi is down with Tuberculosis. His situation was reportedly dire with some saying he was bedridden with no food to fend for his family on lockdown. It took music promoter Chibhanguza, 4’s efforts to help the sungura artiste after learning about his condition and predicament.
Chibhanguza Promotions boss Sylvester Chibhanguza recently donated groceries to ailing sungura musician Paradzai Mesi in Glendale.
Chibhanguza and his team then travelled to Glendale where they met the singer who was struggling to make ends meet like most of his peers at the compound. The Njerama Boys leader received food hampers at a time he was reportedly unwell. However, Mesi tested negative to HIV and cancer. He also told H-Metro that he had quit beer and smoking to save his life after being diagnosed with TB.
“On behalf of Chibanguza Promotions, I have come to see you after hearing that Paradzai Mesi has been feeling ill for a while,” he said. “With this Covid-19 pandemic lockdown that has left every artiste with nothing, we have decided not to come empty-handed.
“We have therefore decided to come with this little relief of 20kgs of Sugar, 20kgs of mealie meal, 10kgs salt, a carton of soap, 12 litres of Mazoe Orange Crush, eight by two litres of cooking oil, some mixed chicken portions and bread for breakfast.
“We did not come to donate to you but to see you because you make us work, artistes employ entertainment businesses like Chibhanguza night clubs in Zengeza 2, Unit N, Seke, Nyatsime in Chitugwiza so we must stand help you.
“As we promised before at the launch of Chenjera Kukangira Pakatsvira Dzimwe album launch in Harare last year, we are here to help you out,” he said. Chibhanguza said he would engage Mesi for live shows once he recovers.
“Now that we have finished setting up a new open air entertainment centre with a butchery in Nyatsime, we are now mobilising help for whole bands with their monthly food hampers as lockdown period has been extended indefinitely.
“As we joint other promoters, big corporates and Government, we are going to stand firm for them (vulnerable artistes) like what Impala Car Rentals and its boss Mr Thompson Dondo are doing. “He (Dondo) does not own a night club but he is genuinely helping and promoting artistes and staging festival in Europe, flying artistes from across Africa and that is not a joke I tell you.
“Definitely, Mr Dondo’s dream of seeing all artists proper will come true only if we follow suit. “These artistes are in need of food, rates and rentals during the Covid-19 lockdown,” he said.
Chibhanguza also said he would not abandon Mesi in trying times. “Handingamude Paradzai Mesi pandinoda kuti aite show chete no, munhamo nematambudziko tinofanira kubatsirana uye nguva yatiri ino yelockdown mumwe wako akaita dambudziko ndipo paunofanira kuratidza rudo nekuti vazhinji vedu takaomerwa vaimbi havasi kuita mashows isuwo sema promoters hatisi kuita mashows so kwakutoedza nepadiki patinapo kuti tiyamurane tiwane kurarama tose,” he added.
In another interview, Mesi said he was humbled by the support he was receiving at a time he is unwell. He vowed to put in good used the donations he received. “May God bless you during such trying times Mr Chibhanguza because to be remembered or helped in this in this era is as good as being raised from the dead.
“Of course I am still in pain but I am already taking TB medication because I started not feeling well for more than a year and it was in January 2020 when I decided to go to Concession Clinic.
“At the clinic, I was tested and found with TB and that is when I started taking medication and I am recovering but I have no appetite and worse all my body’s joints from toes, feet, knees, fingers, elbows, shoulders and the whole are so painful but I am feeling that I am recovering for real,” he said.
On his message to Zimbabweans and his fans at a time he is unwell, Mesi said: “We need to conduct regular medical check-ups before we are we get seriously ill. “Do not take time your time before being examined medically as was the case with me. “I later visited Concession Clinic and that is when I saved my life and found that I had TB and I am now on medication,” he said.
Mesi also shared his views on Covid-19 pandemic and extended lockdown.“I have good news to my fans who often complained that beer was my main problem. “I have stopped drinking beer and smoking. I just pray that God helps me to never ever go back to this very bad culture in my life again, ndakungonwa tea nema drinks chete for life.
“On coronavirus, it is there for real, never fool each other until you witness it when it attacks your child, relative or friend.
“Covid-19 has no medication as of now except to prevent it through the way the health authorities’ and regulations say mostly like staying away from crowds, putting on masks and often washing your hands with running water,” he said.
He also warned people who are breaching lockdown rules. “Vanhu chenjerai kukangira pakatsvira dzimwe, do not go out. “Covid-19 has infected and get killed many people overseas.
“We don’t want that to happen here, we are lucky as Africans because it started from those with riches, a sign that God loves Africa most than any part of this world. “So let us reciprocate by obeying what the WHO and our health authorities are urging us to do in curbing the spread of Covid-19,” he said. Mesi also spoke about his music plans at a time he is unwell.
“My son Willis Mesi is running a tuckshop business but the whole band is locked down at their respective homes as I am to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. “The band members are however rehearsing on their own ahead of the recording of our six-track album that I must finish soon after recovering.
“So we are utilising this Covid-19 pandemic lockdown to our advantage,” he said. He also took the opportunity to share with H-Metro his brief profile. “My life history is so long that we might need an album to unfold it completely.
“In brief, I was born on the 6th of February 1972 by Jimmy and Jennifer Mesi in Nyamaropa where I grew up and later started my music career from Muzarabani. “Now I am in Glendale here at this compound for work but my roots home stems back to Muzarabani.
“This is not my home, I built my houses in Muzarabani but my cattle and 15 goats died. “My parents are both alive in Nyabira and I am their first born but they gave birth to me alone before they separated,” he said. On his both parents’ upkeep, he went on:
“My mother got married in Mount Darwin and further gave birth to Tsawona, Misi, Last, Pauline, Benjamin and Daniel who passed on. “My father remarried again and gave birth to John, George, Queen, Lorraine and the late Agnes,” he said. He also opened up on his grandchildren.
“My two daughters, Jennifer and Maud are married and I have four grandchildren three of them being boys. My boys are still single attending school and learning music.” His wife Patricia Kapadza also defended the Njerama Boys leader as a caring man despite reports of alcohol abuse.
“My husband Paradzai Mèsi is a very good person, I do not know any form of abuse from him, if he is to beat me, maybe today, I would be surprised. “Regarding his health, he has been taking Tuberculosis TB medication from March 2020. Only his legs are swollen now,” she said.
On their family’s needs and upkeep, she added: “Our children are seven only namely, Janie , Maude, Emilder, Willis, Webster, Wisdom and Shylet as his twin sister and last born is Wayne.” On her personal profile, she summarized saying,
“Our alive parents, both our father Teddy Bvumbwe and our mother Emah Gwaru Bvumbwe gave birth to us their six children, myself as the firstborn, then comes Thomas, Hebron, Vimbai, Rutendo and the late Daren was the last born.” Fungiwe Tanila, 60, who is Mesi’s neighbour wished for his quick recovery. She vowed to monitor his progress and how he is recuperating.