By Stephen Ephraem
ZIMBABWEANS in the Diaspora never cease to amaze as far as the entertainment industry is concerned. This come in the wake of a gospel diva who is now rocking the music circles in Pretoria.
Nkhensani Makondo who was born Tendai Mukayiwa 36 years ago at Chipinda, Chiredzi south in Zimbabwe has introduced gospel music that has a unique feel.
In an interview with Post On Sunday last week from her Pretoria base where she commands a huge following, Nkhensani revealed that her entrance into the commercial music industry wasn’t that rosy at the beginning.
“I started singing when I was in school and at the church in the early 1990s. My dream was to become an established singer but it was not that easy to realise my dream.
“Music is a tough industry if one doesn’t have financial backup. My dream came true when I moved to South Africa where I was signed by Bace Production and Coles Studios. I can safely say that everything started to make sense when I joined those two entities,” said Makondo.
The gospel diva encourages future gospel musicians not to put money ahead of talent.
“If I had put money ahead of me I would have quit long back because it was tough at first to become a household name. From my experience, I urge future gospel singers to spread the salvation message first then think of money later,” added Makondo.
Nkhensani Makondo’s has two albums to her credit named Nyiphi yahina and Misava. It is Misava that catapault her to greater heights. The 9 tracks contained in Misava has Nkhesani Makondo’s soprano voice well arranged.
In her parting words, Makondo said, “I strive everytime to sing my level best so that my message becomes clear to the target group. I want every listener to praise God the Almight aftrer being inspired by my music.”