The entire creative and media community was last week plunged into mourning following the death of veteran arts journalist Godwin Muzari in a suspected case of suicide.
By Plot Mhako
Godwin was born in Harare in 1980, Muzari was the last born in a family of seven. He went to Hondo School in Mount Darwin for his primary and secondary education before attending St Francis Magwenya in Mashonaland Central for his Advanced Level studies. He then enrolled at Midlands State University from where graduated with a Media and Society Studies degree in 2005.
In 2006, he joined Zimpapers as an intern before he became an Entertainment Reporter until 2009 when he briefly left to join Alpha Media Holdings.
Muzari returned as Entertainment Editor of The Herald in 2013, a position he held until his untimely death.
Muzari was instrumental in supporting the welfare of Leonard Dembo’s mother through mobilizing funds and foodstuffs and he would team up with other well-wishers and fans of the late music legend to travel to Beatrice to spend time and leave her with a cheerful soul.
He is renowned for his column Memory Lane which gave some profound research on yesteryear musical greats, digging some of the untold stories.
Tributes continue to pour in from artists, promoters, media comrades, readers and various other people who describe Muzari as a gifted, humble and hardworking scribe whose void will be greatly felt and his legacy will forever be celebrated and remembered.
He is one of the first journalists to show interest in what i was doing, he would attend events, do stories and every engagement was very cordial, respectful and encouraging.Plot Mhako
Karma is a . . . When a person is living, he/she becomes relevant, when he/she breathes his/her last & can nolonger hold the pen, he/she is easily forgotten. I noticed this when artistes “snubbed” the late Godwin Muzari ‘s burial service in Glen Norah where the family had allocated them a slot to deliver eulogies. I’m not saying it’s an obligation, it’s just an observation I made. Guided by ubuntuisim & “claims” that scribes & artistes are family. Lesson learnt!Ressy Mutore _ Herald
Godie We little knew that day, you left us without a warning, not even a goodbyeand I can’t seem to stop asking the question why? You know what vaMuzari I didn’t see this coming, it hit me by surprise. Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile. You did a lot for me vaMuzari and I would like to thank you even if you are no longer here with us. You would always say “amai vangu munosvika chete” I have been hanging my boots so many times and you would call me muchiti amai vangu don’t give up you can do it, it’s now the hardest thing not being able to talk to someone that used to talk and motivate you now and again. You left us beautiful memories. Your love is going to be our guide. Muzari family, all the media fraternity that worked with Godie and friends my thoughts are with you at this sad time but as God calls us one by one, we will link again nava Muzari. May your soul rest in peace mwanangu.Enisia Mushusha _ Mambokadzi founder
I am extremely gutted by the passing on of a Friend,Brother,Mentor and an Elder Godwin Muzari. Since joining Alpha Media Holdings for my attachment in 2009,you taught me how to put ink to the paper,molded me into the writer i never was. Sorojena…..recently we met in delved into your new endeavors and never knew you would depart this way. RIP Godfather. Dzangove ndangariro.Simbarashe Suprise Manhango _ Journalist
I know you loved life and were always happy to help many realise their dreams.How did this happen bro. Soo young soo painful.May the universe find justice for you.Rest Now my brotherWillis Wataffi _ artist
In our work as musicians we meet a lot of people. We eventually become family with some while we become friends with others. Such was the case with Godwin Muzari, the Entertainment Editor at The Herald. Takabva kure naGody. My condolences to his family and friends. Tarasikirwa nemunhu aive neruoko rwakakwenenzverwa. He also had a big heart. In the picture below is him and the late Leonard Dembo’s mother when he mobilised resources kuti vawane chouviri. Go well Sorojena.Sulu Chimbetu