A fundraising concert to repatriate the remains of Chiedza Brown will take place at Alliance Française tonight.
Brown, the youngest daughter of the late Andy Brown and Chiwoniso Maraire, committed suicide in Texas on Saturday 12 September.
The tragedy has rocked the music world in Zimbabwe, and a huge line-up of artists have stepped forward to help raise the money needed to bring Brown’s remains back to Zimbabwe for burial.
The line up so far includes Jah Prayzah, Tehn Diamond, Hope Masike, Prudence Katomeni, Guspy Warrior, Ba Shupi, Roki, Alexio, Victor Kunonga, MetaPhysics, Chikwata 263, Soul Africa and Chiedza Brown’s own sister Ammara Brown. The artists will take to the stage at 7pm.
Samm Monro aka Comrade Fatso will join Ruvhi Pariranyetwa of ZiFM to MC for the evening. Speaking to Harare News, Fatso said, “Chiedza was a beautiful soul gone too soon. We encourage all those who knew her to join us tomorrow night to help us bring her home to rest.”
For more information visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bringchiedzahome
Suicide is a complex public health issue, with a prevalence among teenagers and adolescents. It is often (but not always) the result of psychiatric or physiological conditions with recognisable symptoms. If you or someone you know might be feeling or exhibiting suicidal tendencies, please call Samaritans for toll free counselling on 08009102.
Warning signs aren’t always obvious, and they may vary from person to person. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret.
Suicide warning signs or suicidal thoughts include:
• Talking about suicide — for example, making statements such as “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I were dead” or “I wish I hadn’t been born”
• Getting the means to take your own life, such as buying a gun or stockpiling pills
• Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left alone
• Having mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the next
• Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence
• Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation
• Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
• Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns
• Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly
• Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order when there’s no other logical explanation for doing this
• Saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again
• Developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated, particularly when experiencing some of the warning signs listed above