Kwekwe is best for me: Moyo

HARARE - Young “Igwe”, Peter Moyo has followed in his father’s footsteps by residing and working from Kwekwe, the mineral-rich Midlands city.

Peter’s father, the late Sungura star, Tongai Moyo, defied all the odds and made a name for himself while based in Kwekwe.

While most of the big musical gigs happen in Harare, one would have thought it was wiser for most prominent musicians and their bands to reside in the capital. But not for Tongai and Peter!

The young musician has fought temptation to move from the Midlands city to the capital, citing a number of positives for being resident there.

Speaking to the Daily News in Harare this week, Peter said it made business sense for him and his Utakataka band to operate from Kwekwe.

“It is strategic to live and work from Kwekwe because it is centrally located. I can easily travel to Bulawayo or Harare, and the distances are manageable. When I finish performing in either city I can also drive back home,” said Peter. The young “Igwe” said apart from its logistical centrality, Kwekwe is his band’s home.

“My band members live in Kwekwe, so logistically we are safe and sound. We have no overheads in terms of accommodation.”

Peter said he will continue making a name while residing outside Harare. “We come to Harare when we have concerts but otherwise we are always on the road in various provinces. Harare is just part of the different provinces that we perform in and does not hold all our popular gigs.”

He said he would continue from where his father left. “I have completed the house my father was building and will continue to complete most of his projects based in Kwekwe.”

Tongai used to own farming land and had built some retail shops to service communities surrounding the farming communities.

These have been left in the care of Peter.

The late Tongai’s lifestyle, including the immaculate dressing, seem to have passed on to the young “Igwe”.

And Peter has done pretty well to fit in his father’s shoes as he continues to delight audiences while riding on the popularity of his father’s rich music catalogue.

Recently, Peter performed at the Heroes’ Splash celebrations, one of the annual galas that his father used to grace.

“It was magical performing before so many people although it was a different audience all together from what we are used to. We are used to audiences that dance to our music, that go wild, but not the audience we had in Gutu.”

Peter said he later learnt audiences at these galas which are usually staged in different locations across the country would have come to actually enjoy seeing them perform.

“I discovered that contrary to how they behave (not dancing), most of these people would actually be enjoying themselves. Some had never seen us perform live and they would not want to miss that chance, hence they are so glued at your performance,” said Peter.

He said it is after the performance that the audience tell you how much they had enjoyed themselves.

“They are so delighted that they want to offer you even a cow. It is amazing to say the least.”

Peter said it was not easy to get slots on such big events such as national galas as other musicians have to wait for more than 10 hours before they can perform.

“Things are a bit different with us because we have a name and can actually coordinate with show organisers what time slot we want to perform.

“For small acts, they endure long hours while waiting for their chance to perform. It can be frustrating for upcoming musical acts,” said Peter.

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