HARARE – Promoters and fans have urged seasoned sungura musician Paradzai Mesi to take his work seriously and exercise professionalism.
Many believe his immense talent has gone to waste.
Mesi, who made a rare performance at City Sports Bar’s weekly Jam Session on Monday, possesses apparent musical talent, but his business approach leaves a lot to be desired, critics say.
As a result, the Njerama Boys front man, now a part-time farmer in Glendale, has been urged to cut down on alcohol and concentrate on building his brand in the showbiz.
“I do not subscribe to the view that drinking too much beer and smoking tobacco or even mbanje jeopardises one’s talent.
“Talent runs in one’s veins and it cannot be removed by the amount of alcohol in one’s bloodstream,” said Mesi, who boast of 10 studio albums under his name.
The Tiri Huruva hit-maker said society is failing to understand him as an artiste.
“I know a number of internationally-acclaimed artistes such as Bob Marley who used to smoke marijuana (mbanje) publicly but they have managed to sell their music to all corners of the world.
“Society should be in a position to draw a line between an artiste and other people. To prove that I know what I am doing, just listen to my compositions.
“Dai ndaidhakwa mboko ndaizonyora sei nziyo dziya dzose dzine dzidziso sedziya (If I am a drunkard so how come I am very good at composing meaningful lyrics),” he said.
Mesi, who shared the stage with artistes such as Tendai Dembo, Ruth and Roki, among others, said he is a victim of his popularity.
“If I was not popular, nobody was going to even care about me in the society but because I am a well known person, people now expect me to lead a unique life, forgetting that I am also a person.
“There is no way I am going to stop drinking beer because I am no different in society,” said Mesi.
At the Jam Session, Mesi proved that he is still in the game as he gave a top-drawer act with hits such as Tiri Huruva, Kusvika Kusvika, among others.