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did you start singing?
I started singing when I was still a knee high to a barrel. I was
probably four or five years old. The usual nursery rhymes. But the
music developed through poetry that then evolved into music.
did your parents react?
My parents unfortunately didn't have the opportunity to find
out or to know that I do music because they both passed before I
really started taking music seriously. They knew me more as a sports
person or things along those lines.
or what inspires your music?
My music is inspired by God but it also comes from the things that
you encounter from the moment you step out of the bed to the moment
you step back into bed. The things that happen in between are the
things I talk about.
is your music genre?
I'm trying to create a new sound - a hybrid; a mix of afro
jazz, blues reggae, neo soul. So I am just trying to create a sound
that is heavily influenced by jazz but is a hybrid of those genres.
music as a career?
I guess if there is a certain power or energy within you, it over
powers everything else that is around you and just leads the way.
I guess that's the passion within me.
Zimbabwean what challenges have you faced?
I have stopped seeing them as challenges and am taking them head
on. I am now used to making a move to get myself to a certain level
as opposed to being helped by someone. I'm just applying myself
accordingly and whatever situation is there I just deal with it
male in Zimbabwe what have you observed?
Maybe if I can talk in terms of morality. Our moral fibre is broken
down to such an extent we think that the bad things are the normal
things. We have lost our morals sexually and the way we apply ourselves.
I thank God I have not been blinded by such hypocrisy.
the chance what would you change in the music industry?
The one reason why I am doing music is that I want to preach a positive
message in society. I don't want to preach false euphoria.
I don't want to lie to people. I want to tell people the truth.
I want to sing about things that build society and also help those
who are up and coming in the industry.
do you fear the most as a musician?
I don't fear anything. Fear is a weakness and it's planted
by dark forces. Once that penetrates me and my system I am rendered
useless so fear doesn't exist in my vocabulary.
worth it to be in the music industry?
I believe if a fire is burning within you and if you are happy that
the fire is burning then it should be worth it.
have a band?
I've got a band but it's a group of session musicians
who are my friends. These are guys that I just call upon and they
just avail themselves when I have shows and we work.
would you say to the fans?
People lets be realistic. Lets not be fake coz the moment we become
fake we are disturbing the channel of things. If things are realistic
they move much faster but the more we fake the funk the more its
takes time for things to really develop for the better good of society.
So let's just be real.
advice would you give to up coming artists?
Follow your dreams; just be yourself; enjoy yourself and create
or project a positive message.
us the tip of the day
Go and get it man - there is something for you out there, go do
you say an artist should pursue producers?
Yes they should - it's almost like a machine. For a machine
to work properly it needs oil. Oil is the relationship between musicians
and a producer so that the machine works properly.
any one have certain qualities to be in the art industry?
I think it's the fire that is burning within you that makes
the difference. Whether you are visual or physically challenged
someone can say that you might have a problem as far as music is
concerned. But I think as long as you have the fire burning within
you, nothing can stop you.
your performance on stage
My performance is rather subtle. I am not so energetic. I am a person
who usually feels things. So you feel my music. I try and apply
myself in such a way you are better enhanced to feel that music.
often do you perform?
I perform probably four times a month here and there.
is the response to your music from people out there?
My music is emotional so a lot of people don't show it physically.
Although on some songs they get up and dance but people feel the
music and they respond by telling me that this is moving.
sets you apart from other musicians?
I think I ventured on a journey of fusing genres creating a totally
different sound. I believe the music we hear nowadays is exhausted.
We need to come up with something new so that is what I am trying
to do. That is what I can say is creating a distinction between
me and other musicians.
do you normally perform?
At the Book Café, Bulldogs Pub and Jazz 105 just to mention
but a few.
requirements do you need to perform in the venues where you perform?
You just have to prove that you can entertain coz people that own
bars want their bars to be ticking if there is a show. They want
you be an entertainer to attract attention so people remain in the
bar. But that's not the way I want to apply myself. I want
people to feel the message.
scale of 1 -10 how would you rate yourself
I could never rate myself. If I did I would be a pompous somebody.
It doesn't work.
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