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Hidden Treasure In Makoni

By Stephen Ephraem

SHOWBIZ in Zimbabwe is not complete without the inclusion of Rusape and its surrounding areas.

The late 1980s saw the arrival of two akins, Leonard “Karikoga” Zhakata and the late Thomas Makion in the music scene calling themselves Maungwe Brothers. The two identified themselves with the Maungwe people of Rusape.

The 1990s saw the late Lazarous “Giringo” Boora sending viewers into stitches with his humour in the television drama series, Gringo. Boora hailed from Rukweza, Nyazura near Rusape.

The 2000s saw another crooner Moses Rwizi and Kanindo Jazz Band identifying himself with Rusape. Veteran musician, Patrick Mkwamba of Bonus fame has chosen to retire in Rusape where he is keeping a relative’s property.

There is a new kid on the block who hails from Rusape and her name is Dadirai Melody Bvuta. Dadirai is well known by her stage name Melody Nyamukunda. The songstress has proved that Rusape has sweet voices.

Rusape born, Nyamukunda (27) is a gospel artiste based in Harare.

With Post On Sunday, Nyamukunda said she undertook singing in order to bring people closer to God.

“I started music in December 2019 and I managed to record a single song late last year, titled Inyasha, produced by Benaiah Jera and currently working on an album which is coming soon.

“The new album has seven songs namely; Tinzwireiwo nyasha, Anouya Jesu, Tsamba yemoyo wangu,Tichaiwana here korona, Tsungai Moyo, Tichamunamata and Inyasha, expect to be released in July this year.

“My main thrust is to bring people closer to God with my music and help people find His glory.

I want to ‘thank my fans for supporting me.’ Special mention goes to my producer, my friends and my sisters for supporting the project as well,” she said.