Tributes from across the world continue to pour in in honor of South Africa based Zimbabwean businessman and music promoter Roger Muzawazi who passed on Thursday 13th August 2020 after succumbing to Covid-19. He had a diabetic condition which is believed to have worsened due to the Corona virus infection.
By Plot Mhako
He owned Ekurhuleni Boksburg hotel in Johannesburg.
Celebrated musicians, fellow promoters, sportsmen, fans, patrons, friends and relatives have for days been sharing their shock and sadness at the passing of the giant in the creative industry.
Described by many as a selfless, humble, supportive person, Roger will be remembered by many for opening his space to many Zimbabwean artists who reside in South Africa and those who frequented the country to perform.
In a message shared by his family announcing burial details a spokesperson named Vusa said, “Morning family and friends , we as a family we have to inform you that tomorrow Sunday the 15th we are going to have memorial services by the Hotel kuti ticheme gamba redu but we want people to come into groups so that we avoid over crowding so the first one will start at 11:00 hrs then 13:00 hrs then 15:00 hrs and from there we will see if necessary to have another one according to the response of people thank you”
“Muzawazi will be laid to rest on the 18th of August Tuesday 10am in Boksburg at Van Dyk Park. More details will be posted later tomorrow.” He added.
Johannesburg based Zimbabwean music star Nox Guni expressed his sadness saying, “He was someone with the industry at heart. He opened up his Boksburg Hotel for many artists to come and be hosted there year in year out. The man had a very big heart and he helped a lot of artists, we can never find a replacement for him.”
Sungura maestro Alick Macheso who is one of the many artists who was close to Muzawazi and performed at his venue said, “Panyika tiri vapfuuri. The band, management and staff at Orchestra Mberikwazvo wishes to express their heartfelt condolences on the passing on of one of Zimbabwean art’s most loyal sons Mr Roger Muzawazi”
“Mudhara Roger’ as some would fondly call him had a way with people and he was a joy to work with. His music promotion was not motivated by self-gain being the accomplished businessman he was. We take this opportunity to salute him for his selfless support to Zimbabwean art through his Ekurhuleni Boksburg Hotel. Many Zimbabwean artistes had an opportunity to perform for their South African fans and made music inroads across the Limpopo thanks to his good heart and benevolence. Se Orchestra Mberikwazvo tarasikirwa zvikuru huye tinoshuvira mhuri yekwaMuzawazi kunyaradzwa naShe. The Lord gave and he has taken. Go well mudhara Roger. Zororai murugare rwaShe” Macheso said.
“Ekurhuleni Boksburg hotel (S.A) owner and promoter Roger Muzawazi dies. May your soul rest in peace. I thank you for providing me with an opportunity to perform at your hotel Dad.” Mbeu of Mhodzi Tribbe.
“Roger Roger. Wow it’s hard to find out you have left us. Roger Muzawazi. This picture I took of you and our close friend Gibson Barwe I cherished as it was a physical memory I had of our good times at Hartzell High. Now you have both left this earth. My heart is heavy. Love you guys. May you Rest In Peace.” Chido Johnson of the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit.
“In life God gives u two hands,one to help yourself the other one to help others. This man was a pillar of strength,his hands were open to anyone regardless of your nationality ,race ,colour or language. This man was one of a kind man,a different character who embraced everyone with love.
Boksburg east will miss you.
Zimbabwe musicians will you.
Electrical contractors will you.
Muzavazi and ndebele families will you
And all the small kids around ekurhuleni Boksburg hotel who used to come to u and say uncle Roger can u buy us sweets will me u .
Robon electrical and ekurhuleni Boksburg hotel staff will miss you. REST IN PEACE” Rangarirai Edison Mahachi
“My heart is bleeding. I don’t know any other man that opened up his heart and the doors to his house for us in South Africa like Mr R did for us. When no one believed in us, Mr R was there for us. He made sure that we appeared at his Ekhuruleni Boksburg Hotel every now and then. He made sure that we performed at SABC Good Morning show and and appeared on big SA Radio stations when no one cared to consider us. The first time we performed at Carnival City was because of him. He was the one who organised the Tuku and Zexie Manatsa Concert in SA when everyone chickened out. He bridged broken relationships for us when everyone else was busy watching their own back. We had a home in SA because of him. He was a big brother and a father to us, God sent. Chokwadi munhu akanaka haararame. Rest in Peace Mr R Roger F Muzawazi” musician Tendai Manatsa
“Why mudhara Rodger?Marwadzisa mukuru wangu.You gave many of us a platform to showcase at your base-Boksburg Hotel.Tinongoti fambai zvakanaka vanga ramasiya rinodzimba.May your soul Rest In Peace.” Sulumani Chimbetu.