Ex-footballer enjoys music success

HARARE - Upcoming gospel musician Richard Nhika is a happy man following the success of his third album Inzwai on the market.

Nhika, a former Black Rhinos footballer attributed his album’s success to a change of his marketing and distributing company.  

The stable usually tasked to market and distribute the sought-after album, His Voice Gospel International Production (HVGIP) authorised Diamond Studios to take over.

Nhika said the stable had failed to meet a soaring demand from fans thereby choosing to relinquish its duties.

“HVGIP used to produce copies between 100 and 200 per week meaning to say it was not easily accessible. Our fans were complaining about the inaccessibility of my music hence Diamond Studios chipped in. I am sure that now everyone will access my music as Diamond Studios has the capacity to distribute many copies to meet the surging demand,” said the 32-year-old artiste.

Nhika produced the album with the assistance of seasoned engineer Jonathan Mgazi of M.J Studios.

Musadaro, Chigaro Chake, Murombo Munhu, Mukakatanwa Mukereke, Zino Irema, My Prayer and Musadaro instrumental are the songs found on the album.

Nhika came into the showbiz industry in 2006 with Tiri Vakundi album followed by Mufudzi Akanaka of 2010 before releasing Inzwai which is currently shaking the market.

“When I came into the music industry people were surprised because they knew me as a footballer, I used to play for Black Rhinos from 1997 to 2001,” said Nhika.

The footballer-cum-musician said his musical talent was discovered by people before he knew it.

“When I was still at school I was in the school choir and whenever I opened my mouth people appreciated my talent,” he said.

His breakthrough came when he met high-flying gospel musician Amos Mahendere who introduced him to the showbiz industry.

“I then worked with Stanley Ruzivo of Gramma Records and he helped me a lot.

“I also worked with Mono Mukundu and the late Sam Mtukudzi of AY band,” he said.

Currently Nhika is studying theology at Living Waters Theological Seminary.

He attributed his musical success to his promoters Justin Mavhunda and Alois Masamba.

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