ALICK Macheso and South Africa based musician Jonah Moyo have joined Zimbabweans in mourning the late television personality and marketer, Piwayi Dzuda.
The former Star FM Deputy General Manager died on Tuesday and is believed to have succumbed to Covid-19. Prior to his death, Dzuda — through one of his marketing agencies — hosted the Econet 2021 Tapinda Sesingenile Virtual Concert.
It was held online on December 31 where country’s top artistes comprising Macheso, Moyo, Jah Prayzah, Mathias Mhere, Ammara Brown and XQ performed.
The pre-recorded show was shot early December last year in line with the Covid-19 restrictions where the live audience was not allowed to be part of the proceedings.
In an interview with H-Metro, Macheso’s publicist Tich Makahamadze said they were saddened by Dzuda’s death.
“I can’t believe that Piwayi Dzida is no more considering that we were together last year when he organised the Econet end of year crossover gig.
“We were to perform at the show which was pre-recorded way before new year’s eve and hearing about his death came as a shock to me.
“His vision as a marketer, promoter and television personality will be greatly missed since he wanted to uplift artistes.
“We will surely miss him for all that he has done for the industry during his life,” he said.
“We are only praying to God to comfort Dzuda’s family during these trying times. They also need to carry on with the legacy he left behind since he was also a farmer and businessman.”
Similar sentiments were echoed by the Devera Ngwena Jazz Band leader who was in touch with Dzuda late last year.
“Dzuda was the kind of boss who wanted committed towards the empowerment of local artistes. He called me when he heard that I was now based in South Africa and wanted me to do a virtual concert with him.
He told me of his desire to set up a music studio in Harare and I was in his plans,” he said. Moyo said Covid-19 was real and urged people to take precautions.
“If we look at the number of deaths recorded so far and the people we know that have succumbed to Covid-19, we now need to take this issue seriously and follow the precautions like sanitising, keeping social distance and masking up all the time,” he added.